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Issue 26, 2020
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Remarkable effect of π-skeleton conformation in finitely conjugated polymer semiconductors

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Abstract

The structure–property relationship of finitely conjugated polymer semiconductors is underdeveloped to date. Herein, we report three novel tetrafluoroethylene-containing finitely conjugated polymers, PNBDO-T, PNBDO-BiT and PNBDO-TriT, containing electron-donating units of thiophene (T), 2,2′-bithiophene (BiT), or 2,2′:5′,2′′-terthiophene (TriT), respectively. All three polymers showed ambipolar charge transport characteristics under ambient conditions. PNBDO-BiT with a centrosymmetric BiT unit exhibited a maximum electron mobility of 4.15 cm2 V−1 s−1, much higher than the mobilities of 1.01 × 10−2 and 0.052 cm2 V−1 s−1 of PNBDO-T and PNBDO-TriT, respectively, with axisymmetric T or TriT units. Meanwhile, PNBDO-BiT formed more ordered and crystalline molecular aggregation than the other two polymers. We attributed the differences to their π-skeleton conformations induced by the centrosymmetric or axisymmetric electron-donating units in these polymers. The results show that the construction of linear π-skeletons is of great importance in the development of high-performance finitely conjugated polymer semiconductors.

Graphical abstract: Remarkable effect of π-skeleton conformation in finitely conjugated polymer semiconductors

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Submitted
13 Mar 2020
Accepted
29 May 2020
First published
01 Jun 2020

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2020,8, 9055-9063
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Remarkable effect of π-skeleton conformation in finitely conjugated polymer semiconductors

Z. Chen, W. Zhang, Y. Zhou, X. Wei, C. Li, L. Wang and G. Yu, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2020, 8, 9055
DOI: 10.1039/D0TC01303J

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