Benzotrithiophene Co-polymers with high charge carrier mobilities in field-effect transistors

Bob C. Schroeder, Christian B. Nielsen, Young Ju Kim, Jeremy Smith, Zhenggang Huang, James Durrant, Scott E. Watkins, Kigook Song, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Iain McCulloch

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The successful design and synthesis of two novel benzo[1,2-b:3,4-b′: 5,6-d′]trithiophene-containing polymers is presented. The planar benzotrithiophene core induces strong aggregation effects in alternating co-polymers with both thiophene and thieno[3,2-b]thiophene. Co-monomer choice is found to play a crucial role in determining the backbone conformation, the interchain interactions, and the polymer solubility. Despite molecular disorder introduced by a branched solubilizing alkyl chain and a regiorandom polymerization of the asymmetric benzotrithiophene unit, these co-polymers exhibit hole mobilities as high as 0.24 cm2/(V s).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4025-4031
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 13 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


  • benzotrithiophene
  • conjugated polymers
  • holemobility
  • Transistors


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