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J Am Chem Soc. 2013 Oct 9;135(40):14896-9. doi: 10.1021/ja405112s. Epub 2013 Sep 25.

Record high hole mobility in polymer semiconductors via side-chain engineering.

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School of Materials Science and Engineering & REGET, Gyeongsang National University , Jinju 660-701, South Korea.


Charge carrier mobility is still the most challenging issue that should be overcome to realize everyday organic electronics in the near future. In this Communication, we show that introducing smart side-chain engineering to polymer semiconductors can facilitate intermolecular electronic communication. Two new polymers, P-29-DPPDBTE and P-29-DPPDTSE, which consist of a highly conductive diketopyrrolopyrrole backbone and an extended branching-position-adjusted side chain, showed unprecedented record high hole mobility of 12 cm(2)/(V·s). From photophysical and structural studies, we found that moving the branching position of the side chain away from the backbone of these polymers resulted in increased intermolecular interactions with extremely short π-π stacking distances, without compromising solubility of the polymers. As a result, high hole mobility could be achieved even in devices fabricated using the polymers at room temperature.


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