Development of novel processable electron accepting conjugated polymers containing fluoranthene units in the main chain

Arne Palmaerts, Laurence Lutsen, Thomas J. Cleij*, Dirk Vanderzande, Almantas Pivrikas, Helmut Neugebauer, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci

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Considerable interest exists in the development of novel n-type conjugated polymers, since many currently available polymer systems have insufficient electron mobility and/or electron affinity. In this work, a universal synthesis route is presented towards a new class of n-type conjugated polymers, i.e. Poly(p-fluoranthene vinylene) (pfv) and its derivatives. This route is illustrated with three examples, i.e. Unsubstituted pfv and functionalized hexyl-pfv and dodecyl-pfv. All polymers have been synthesized via the dithiocarbamate precursor route. Solubility was introduced by incorporation of alkyl side chains, which leads to a significantly enhanced purity and processability as compared to unsubstituted pfv. Under the applied electrochemical conditions pfv-type polymers demonstrate typical n-type behavior. Additional celiv mobility measurements on dodecyl-pfv reveal an excellent electron mobility, µe = 1.4 × 10-4 cm2/vs. Hence, poly(p-fluoranthene vinylene) and its derivatives are promising n-type materials for organic optoelectronic applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5007-5015
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjugated polymers
  • Organic electronics
  • PPV-type polymers

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