Poly(Δ4,4′-dicyclopenta[2,1-b: 3,4-b′] dithiophene-co-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): Electrochemically generated low band gap conducting copolymers

Kavithaa Loganathan, Peter G. Pickup

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A low HOMO-LUMO gap, alkene bridged bis-bithiophene (Δ 4,4′-dicyclopenta [2,1-b:3,4-b′]dithiophene) has been copolymerized with electron rich 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene, to produce copolymers with reduced band gaps and enhanced conductivities. Electrochemical band gaps as low as 0.1 eV have been observed, but maximum conductivities were only ca. 0.3 mS cm-1. Poor matching of the HOMO energies of the two components, together with cross-conjugation at the alkene bridge appear to limit charge carrier mobilities. These results provide further evidence that the use of donor and acceptor moieties to decrease band gaps leads to materials with decreased charge carrier mobilities due to charge localization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Band gap
  • Conducting polymer
  • Conductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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