The synthesis and physicochemical properties of a new class of thiophene/arenesilole-containing π-conjugated polymers are reported. Examples of this new polymer class include the following: poly(2,5-bis(3′,3′′-dihexylsilylene-2′,2′′-bithieno)thiophene) (TS6T1), poly(2,5′-bis(3′′,3′″-dihexylsilylene-2′′,2′″-bithieno)bithiophene) (TS6T2), poly(2,5′-bis(2′′,2′″-dioctylsilylene-1′′,1′″-biphenyl)thiophene) (BS8T1), and poly(2,5′-bis(2′′,2′″-dioctylsilylene-1′′,1′″-biphenyl)bithiophene) (BS8T2). Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) with hole carrier mobilities as high as 0.02-0.06 cm2/V s in air, low turn-on voltages, and current on/off ratios >105-106 are fabricated using solution processing techniques with the above polymers as the active channel layer. OFETs based on this polymer class exhibit excellent ambient operational stability.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry