Synthesis of benzimidazole containing donor acceptor electrochromic polymers

Akpınar, Hava Zekiye
Donor-acceptor-donor (DAD) type benzimidazole (BIm) and 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) bearing monomers (4-(2,3-Dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-5-yl)-7-(2,3 dihydrothieno[3,4b][1,4] dioxin-7-yl)-2-benzyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole (M1), 2,4-bis(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-5-yl)-7-(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-7-yl)-1H-benzo[d]imidazole (M2) and 4-(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-5-yl)-7-(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-7-yl)-2-ferrocenyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole (M3)) were synthesized and electrochemically polymerized. Pendant group at 2-C position of the imidazole ring was functionalized with phenyl (P1), EDOT (P2) and ferrocene (P3) in order to observe substituent effect on electrochemical and electrochromic properties of corresponding polymers. Spectroelectrochemical results showed that different pendant groups resulted in polymers with slightly different optical band gaps (1.75, 1.69 and 1.77 eV respectively) and different number of achievable colored states. Optoelectronic performance were reported in detail. Keywords: Benzimidazole, EDOT, Donor-Acceptor Type Polymers, Electrochromism, Conjugated Polymers.
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H. Z. Akpınar, “Synthesis of benzimidazole containing donor acceptor electrochromic polymers,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.