Synthesis of 3,4-diphenyl-substituted poly(thienylene vinylene) low-band-gap polymers via the dithiocarbamate route

A. Henckens, K. Colladet, S. Fourier, TJ Cleij, L. Lutsen, J. Gelan, D. Vanderzande*

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It has been demonstrated that the dithiocarbamate precursor route is a suitable pathway towards poly(thienylene vinylene) (PTV)-type low-band-gap polymers. Two particular dithiocarbamate precursor polymers and the corresponding conjugated polymers, poly(3.4-diphenyl-2.5-thienylene vinylene) and poly(3,4-bis(4-butylphenyl)-2,5-thienylene vinylene), have been studied. The introduction of butyl side chains in the latter leads to excellent solubility in common organic solvents. Both polymers have been prepared in a straightforward manner and in good yield. The thermal conversion of the precursor polymers into the conjugated structure was studied with in situ FT-IR and UV-vis spectroscopy. Also. with the latter technique, the band gap was determined and the thermochromic effect was studied and compared with the unsubstituted PTV. The HOMO and LUMO levels of the polymers were determined from UV-vis and electrochemical measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

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