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Title: Conjugated ladder polymers by a cyclopentannulation polymerization

Here, we report a nontraditional synthesis of cyclopentafused-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon embedded ladder polymers using a palladium catalyzed cyclopentannulation polymerization followed by a cyclodehydrogenation reaction. Donor–acceptor type polymers containing a cyclopenta[hi]aceanthrylene acceptor groups can be synthesized by a palladium catalyzed copolymerization between 9,10-dibromoanthracene and a variety of bis(arylethynyl)arenes to give polymers with molecular weights (Mn) of 9–22 kDa. The bis(arylethynyl)arenes were composed of benzene, thiophene, or thieno[3,2- b]thiophene moieties, which provided access to a series of four donor–acceptor copolymers. The polymers were subjected to cyclodehydrogenation with FeCl 3 to access rigid ladder type polymers with the conversion investigated by 13C NMR of isotopically labeled polymers. As a result, the ladder polymers possess broad UV–Vis absorptions and narrow optical band gaps of 1.17–1.29 eV and are p-type semiconductors in organic field effect transistors.
Authors:
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  1. Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale, IL (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 139; Journal Issue: 16; Journal ID: ISSN 0002-7863
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22), Scientific User Facilities Division; National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
OSTI Identifier:
1364137