Recent advances in transistor performance of polythiophenes

Christian B. Nielsen*, Iain McCulloch

*Corresponding author for this work

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Polythiophenes have long played a major role in the field of conducting polymers due to their relative ease of synthesis, good thermal and oxidative stability, high charge carrier mobility and ease of processing and they have found widespread use in electronic applications such as field-effect transistors (FETs), organic photovoltaics (OPVs), light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and electrochromic displays (ECDs). In this review, we summarize the most important synthetic approaches to thiophene-, thienothiophene- and other fused thiophene-based polymers, highlight a number of significant findings relating to their properties with an emphasis on device performance in organic field-effect transistors and reflect on existing challenges and future opportunities in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2053-2069
Number of pages17
JournalProgress in Polymer Science
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was in part carried out with financial support from SUPERGEN, EC FP7 Project X10D and EC FP7 Project ONE-P.


  • Field-effect transistors
  • Polythiophenes
  • Semiconducting polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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