A series of ester-functionalized polythiophenes (P3OETs) with precisely controlled head-to-tail (HT) ratios was synthesized via palladium-catalyzed direct arylation polycondensation (DArP). The ionization potentials and optical bandgaps of P3OETs decreased as their HT ratios increased because of the increased backbone coplanarity and extensive π-electron delocalization. The method of precisely controlling the regioregularity and HT ratio can contribute to the design of new polythiophene derivatives with enhanced electronic functionality.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry