Side Chain Engineering in Solution-Processable Conjugated Polymers

Jianguo Mei, Zhenan Bao

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Side chains in conjugated polymers have been primarily utilized as solubilizing groups. However, these side chains have roles that are far beyond. We advocate using side chain engineering to tune a polymer's physical properties, including absorption, emission, energy level, molecular packing, and charge transport. To date, numerous flexible substituents suitable for constructing side chains have been reported. In this Perspective article, we advocate that the side chain engineering approach can advance better designs for next-generation conjugated polymers. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-615
Number of pages12
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 25 2013
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported in part by the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We also acknowledge the support of the Global Climate and Energy Program at Stanford and the Air Force Office for Scientific Research (FA9550-12-1-0190). We are grateful for the reviewers’ comments, and thank Dr. Jeffrey B.-H. Tok for his valuable input.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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