Siloxane-terminated solubilizing side chains: bringing conjugated polymer backbones closer and boosting hole mobilities in thin-film transistors

J Am Chem Soc. 2011 Dec 21;133(50):20130-3. doi: 10.1021/ja209328m. Epub 2011 Nov 28.


We introduce a novel siloxane-terminated solubilizing group and demonstrate its effectiveness as a side chain in an isoindigo-based conjugated polymer. An average hole mobility of 2.00 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) (with a maximum mobility of 2.48 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)), was obtained from solution-processed thin-film transistors, one of the highest mobilities reported to date. In contrast, the reference polymer with a branched alkyl side chain gave an average hole mobility of 0.30 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and a maximum mobility of 0.57 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). This is largely explained by the polymer packing: our new polymer exhibited a π-π stacking distance of 3.58 Å, while the reference polymer showed a distance of 3.76 Å.