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Alternating 5,5-Dimethylcyclopentadiene and Diketopyrrolopyrrole Copolymer Prepared at Room Temperature for High Performance Organic Thin-Film Transistors

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posted on 05.06.2017 by Zhuping Fei, Lei Chen, Yang Han, Eliot Gann, Anthony S. R. Chesman, Christopher R. McNeill, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Martin Heeney, Agostino Pietrangelo
We report that the inclusion of nonaromatic 5,5-dimethylcyclopentadiene monomer into a conjugated backbone is an attractive strategy to high performance semiconducting polymers. The use of this monomer enables a room temperature Suzuki copolymerization with a diketopyrrolopyrrole comonomer to afford a highly soluble, high molecular weight material. The resulting low band gap polymer exhibits excellent photo and thermal stability, and despite a large π–π stacking distance of 4.26 Å, it demonstrates excellent performance in thin-film transistor devices.