Conjugated Copolymers of Vinylene Flanked Naphthalene Diimide Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2016 American Chemical Society. We report the synthesis of a novel naphthalene diimide (NDI) monomer containing two (tributylstannyl)vinyl groups. The utility of this building block is demonstrated by its copolymerization with five different electron-rich comonomers under Stille conditions. The resulting high molecular weight polymers show red-shifted optical absorptions in comparison to the analogous polymers without the vinylene spacer and a significant increase in the intensity of the low-energy intramolecular charge transfer band. The polymers all exhibit ambipolar behavior in bottom-gate, top-contact organic thin-film transistors. The insertion of a solution-processed barium hydroxide layer between the polymer and the gold electrode led to unipolar behavior with improved electron mobilities.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Fei, Z., Han, Y., Martin, J., Scholes, F. H., Al-Hashimi, M., AlQaradawi, S. Y., ... Heeney, M.

citation count

  • 22

publication date

  • August 2016