Tyrian purple: an ancient natural dye for cross-conjugated n-type charge transport
AuthorsFallon, Kealan J.
Marin-Beloqui, Jose M.
Toolan, Daniel T. W.
Clarke, Tracey M.
Anthopoulos, Thomas D.
KAUST DepartmentKAUST Solar Center (KSC)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Material Science and Engineering Program
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
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AbstractHerein, we present two novel organic semiconducting polymers synthesised from an ancient dye. By employing cross-conjugation within the polymer backbone as a synthetic strategy, we are able to engineer optical gaps such that the novel materials absorb over the entire visible spectrum. The cross-conjugated polymers exhibited relatively high n-type charge transport performance in organic field-effect transistors, a rare characteristic for this type of polymer. Quantum chemical calculations provide insight into this behaviour, suggesting that, whilst conjugation along the HOMO is indeed inhibited via molecular design, these materials possess highly delocalized LUMOs, facilitating high n-type charge transport.
CitationFallon, K. J., Wijeyasinghe, N., Leventis, A., Marin-Beloqui, J. M., Toolan, D. T. W., Al-Hashimi, M., … Bronstein, H. (2021). Tyrian purple: an ancient natural dye for cross-conjugated n-type charge transport. Journal of Materials Chemistry C. doi:10.1039/d0tc05553k
SponsorsThe authors gratefully acknowledge support for this work from the Qatar National Research Fund project number: NPRP 12S-0304-190227, EU project 679789 – 455 CONTREX and the EPSRC grant EP/S003126/1.
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
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