Regioregular, yet ductile and amorphous indacenodithiophene-based polymers with high-mobility for stretchable plastic transistors

Yongjoon Cho, Sohee Park, Seonghun Jeong, Heesoo Yang, Byongkyu Lee, Sang Myeon Lee, Byoung Hoon Lee, Changduk Yang

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In the past decade, various high-performing π-conjugated polymers based on axisymmetric cyclopentadithiophene (CDT) and centrosymmetric indacenodithiophene (IDT) units have been thoroughly studied for use in organic field-effect transistors. However, no comparative set of data between CDT- and IDT-based polymers is available with a focus on relevant change in optoelectronic and morphological properties. Herein, we report the synthesis and characterization of four regioregular, well-defined donor-acceptor polymers (P1-P4), comprising different compositions of CDT and IDT donors in conjugation with the asymmetric 5-fluoro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole acceptor that is precisely oriented in the regular pattern along the backbone. Morphological analyses of the above polymer series show that exclusive CDT donor-containingP1is semicrystalline, whereas the others (IDT donor-containing ones) are near-amorphous in nature. Comparatively, IDT donor-containing polymers have superior hole mobilities; in particular, exclusive IDT donor-containing polymerP4offers a high mobility of 1.67 cm2V−1s−1. In addition, the near-amorphous characteristics render the IDT donor-containing polymer films highly ductile and stretchable. Such superior features, which are associated with excellent charge transport and ductility, demonstrate a promising possibility for application in viable stretchable electronics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9670-9682
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number30
StatePublished - 14 Aug 2021

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