Novel 4,8-benzobisthiazole copolymers and their field-effect transistor and photovoltaic applications
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A series of copolymers containing the benzo[1,2-d:4,5-d′]bis(thiazole) (BBT) unit has been designed and synthesised with bisthienyl-diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP), dithienopyrrole (DTP), benzothiadiazole (BT), benzodithiophene (BDT) or 4,4′-dialkoxybithiazole (BTz) comonomers. The resulting polymers possess a conjugation pathway that is orthogonal to the more usual substitution pathway through the 2,6-positions of the BBT unit, facilitating intramolecular non-covalent interactions between strategically placed heteroatoms of neighbouring monomer units. Such interactions enable a control over the degree of planarity through altering their number and strength, in turn allowing for tuning of the band gap. The resulting 4,8-BBT materials gave enhanced mobility in p-type organic field-effect transistors of up to 2.16 × 10-2 cm2 V-1 s-1 for pDPP2ThBBT and good solar cell performance of up to 4.45% power conversion efficiency for pBT2ThBBT.
Conboy , G , Taylor , R G D , Findlay , N J , Kanibolotsky , A L , Inigo , A R , Ghosh , S S , Ebenhoch , B , Krishnan Jagadamma , L , Thalluri , G K V V , Sajjad , M T , Samuel , I D W & Skabara , P J 2017 , ' Novel 4,8-benzobisthiazole copolymers and their field-effect transistor and photovoltaic applications ' Journal of Materials Chemistry , vol 5 , no. 45 , pp. 11927-11936 . DOI: 10.1039/C7TC03959J
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We are grateful to the EPSRC for funding through grants C, EP/L012294/1, EP/L017008/1 and EP/L012200/1 and to the European Research Council for funding from Grant 321305. Supporting data are accessible from 10.15129/9b457e8c-12bc-4a3a-9af3-7f53474f4e5c.
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