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Synthesis and Characterization of Thiophene and Thieno[3,2-b]thiophene Containing Conjugated Polymers

Rustamh, Elvin
Goker, Seza
Udum, Yasemin Arslan
Toppare, Levent Kamil
Herein, we report the synthesis of two donor-acceptor-donor polymers (P1 and P2) based on thiophene (M1) and thieno [3,2-b]thiophene (M2) as the donor and 2,5-bis(dodecyloxy)benzene as the acceptor unit. The effects of different donor units on the polymers' electrochemical and optical properties were examined by cyclic voltammetry and spectroelectrochemical analysis. Introducing thieno[3,2-b]thiophene unit as the donor unit enhances pi-stacking and consequently lowering the bandgap of the resulting polymer. The electronic band gaps, defined as the onset of the pi-pi transition, were found to be 2.0 eV for P1 and 1.7 eV for P2. Both P1 and P2 films revealed multi-colored electrochromism. A dual-type complementary colored electrochromic device (ECD) using P2/PEDOT in sandwich configuration was constructed. Spectroelectrochemistry, switching ability and open circuit memory of the ECD were investigated. (C) 2015 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.