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Further investigation of intramolecular H-bonding in benzimidazole and EDOT containing monomer

Nurioglu, Ayda Goycek
Akpinar, Hava
Kanik, Fulya Ekiz
Toffoli, Daniele
Toppare, Levent Kamil
Density functional theory (OFT) calculations of the relative stabilities and harmonic vibrational spectra of four different conformers of 4,7-bis(2,3-dihydrothieno[3,4-b][1,4]dioxin-5-yl)-2-phenyl-1H-benzo[d] imidazole (BlmBEd) are presented and compared with experimental IR data. BlmBEd, containing phenyl substituted benzimidazole as the acceptor and 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) as the donor unit, was electrochemically polymerized in different pH media earlier. Electronic states of nitrogen in benzimidazole unit of synthesized polymeric films were analyzed via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Both DFT and XPS results suggest the presence of an intramolecular H-bond between the amine of the imidazole and the oxygen of the EDOT molecules. Additionally, the quantity of the H-bond can be controlled via treatment of an acid (trifloroacetic acid) and a base (sodium hydroxide) as we stated in our previous study. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.