Identification and Quantification of Defect Structures in Poly(2,5-thienylene vinylene) Derivatives Prepared via the Dithiocarbamate Precursor Route by Means of NMR Spectroscopy on C-13-Labeled Polymers

H. Dilien, S. Chambon, T. J. Cleij, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, P. J. Adriaensens*

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During the past decades several synthetic routes toward the low band gap polymer poly(2,5-thienylene vinylene) (PTV) and derivatives have been studied. This study describes an extensive NMR characterization of C-13-labeled 3-octyl-PTV and its precursor polymer prepared via the dithiocarbamate route which is, since stable monomers are available, a promising route toward PTV derivatives. By introducing C-13-labeled vinylene carbons, we were able to characterize these polymers in a quantitative way, taking the end groups and structural polymerization defects, which disturb the conjugated system, into account. Several NMR techniques and the synthesis of model compounds were used to fully assign the proton and carbon chemical shifts. Moreover, the classically used thermal conversion of the precursor toward the conjugated polymer has been compared to a smoother, acid-induced elimination procedure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4711-4720
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

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