ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, vol 8, 13, pp. 8620-8626
A novel donor–acceptor–donor–acceptor (D–A1–D–A2) π-conjugated copolymer (PDBPyDT2FBT) has been prepared by Stille coupling reaction. It is found that PDBPyDT2FBT exhibits low LUMO energy level mainly because of multiple electron-deficient units and donor–acceptor interaction, which is favorable to obtain more efficient electron injection and transport in organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). Moreover, introducing two electron-deficient moieties into the thiophene-containing copolymer increases the length of conjugated main chain and enhances the coplanarity of the backbone, which may be beneficial for promoting the molecular crystallinity and improving molecular ordering capability at low temperatures. High electron and hole mobilities up to 0.65 and 0.24 cm2 V –1 s–1 were obtained at relatively low annealing temperatures of 100 and 80 °C, respectively, implying that PDBPyDT2FBT is a promising ambipolar polymer semiconductor applied in low-cost and large-area manufacturing of OTFTs.