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Polythiophene and oligothiophene systems modified by TTF electroactive units for organic electronics

Kanibolotsky, Alexander L. and Findlay, Neil J. and Skabara, Peter J. (2015) Polythiophene and oligothiophene systems modified by TTF electroactive units for organic electronics. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, 11. pp. 1749-1766. ISSN 1860-5397

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The aim of this review is to give an update on current progress in the synthesis, properties and applications of thiophene-based conjugated systems bearing tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) units. We focus mostly on the synthesis of poly- and oligothiophenes with TTF moieties fused to the thiophene units of the conjugated backbone either directly or via a dithiin ring. The electrochemical behaviour of these materials and structure–property relationships are discussed. The study is directed towards the development of a new type of organic semiconductors based on these hybrid materials for application in organic field effect transistors and solar cells.