Pronounced Side Chain Effects in Triple Bond-Conjugated Polymers Containing Naphthalene Diimides for n-Channel Organic Field-Effect Transistors

Sungho Nam, Suk Gyu Hahm, Dongyoon Khim, Hwajeong Kim, Tissa Sajoto, Moonhor Ree, Seth R. Marder, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Donal D.C. Bradley, Youngkyoo Kim

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Three triple bond-conjugated naphthalene diimide (NDI) copolymers, poly{[N,N′-bis(2-R1)-naphthalene-1,4,5,8-bis(dicarboximide)-2,6-diyl]-alt-[(2,5-bis(2-R2)-1,4-phenylene)bis(ethyn-2,1-diyl)]} (PNDIR1-R2), were synthesized via Sonogashira coupling polymerization with varying alkyl side chains at the nitrogen atoms of the imide ring and 2,5-positions of the 1,4-diethynylbenzene moiety. Considering their identical polymer backbone structures, the side chains were found to have a strong influence on the surface morphology/nanostructure, thus playing a critical role in charge-transporting properties of the three NDI-based copolymers. Among the polymers, the one with an octyldodecyl (OD) chain at the nitrogen atoms of imide ring and a hexadecyloxy (HO) chain at the 2,5-positions of 1,4-diethynylbenzene, P(NDIOD-HO), exhibited the highest electron mobility of 0.016 cm2 V–1 s–1, as compared to NDI-based copolymers with an ethylhexyl chain at the 2,5-positions of 1,4-diethynylbenzene. The enhanced charge mobility in the P(NDIOD-HO) layers is attributed to the well-aligned nano-fiber-like surface morphology and highly ordered packing structure with a dominant edge-on orientation, thus enabling efficient in-plane charge transport. Our results on the molecular structure–charge transport property relationship in these materials may provide an insight into novel design of n-type conjugated polymers for applications in the organic electronics of the future.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12921-12929
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number15
StatePublished - Mar 23 2018

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was financially supported by grants from the Korean Government (NRF_2016H1D5A1910319, NRF_2017M2A2A4A01071010, NRF_2015R1A2A2A01003743, and Basic Science Research Program_2009-0093819).


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