An Air-Stable Semiconducting Polymer Containing Dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]arsole

Joshua P. Green, Yang Han, Rebecca Kilmurray, Martyn A. McLachlan, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Martin Heeney*

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Arsole-containing conjugated polymers are a practically unexplored class of materials despite the high interest in their phosphole analogues. Herein we report the synthesis of the first dithieno[3,2-b;2′,3′-d]arsole derivative, and demonstrate that it is stable to ambient oxidation in its +3 oxidation state. A soluble copolymer is obtained by a palladium-catalyzed Stille polymerization and demonstrated to be a p-type semiconductor with promising hole mobility, which was evaluated by field-effect transistor measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7148-7151
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jun 13 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for financial support through the Doctoral Training Centre in Plastic Electronics (EP/G037515/1)

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.


  • arsenic
  • conjugated polymers
  • field-effect transistors
  • molecular electronics
  • semiconductors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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