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Synthesis and characterization of conducting copolymers of carboxylic acid multithiophene functionalized monomers

Bulut, Umut
Synthesis of 2-[(3-thienylcarbonyl)oxy]ethyl 3-thiophene carboxylate (TOET), 2,3-bis-[(3-thienylcarbonyl)oxy]propyl 3-thiophene carboxylate (TOPT), and 3-[(3-thienylcarbonyl)oxy]-2,2-bis{[(3-thienylcarbonyl)oxy]}propyl 3- thiophene carboxylate (TOTPT), and their copolymerization either with thiophene or pyrrole were achieved. The chemical structures of the monomers were investigated by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). Electrochemical behavior of the monomers and copolymers were studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV). The resultant conducting copolymers were characterized via FTIR, Thermal Gravimetry Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), and morphologies of the films were inspected by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Conductivities of the samples were measured by using four-probe technique. The electrochromic and spectroelectrochemical properties of the copolymers were investigated.