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Thienoacenes consist of fused thiophene rings in a ladder-type molecular structure and have been intensively studied as potential organic semiconductors for organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) in the last decade. They are reviewed here. Despite their simple and similar molecular structures, the hitherto reported properties of thienoacene-based OFETs… (More)
2,7-Dialkylbenzothieno[3,2-b]benzothiophenes were tested as solution-processible molecular semiconductors. Thin films of the organic semiconductors deposited on Si/SiO2 substrates by spin coating have well-ordered structures as confirmed by XRD analysis. Evaluations of the devices under ambient conditions showed typical p-channel FET responses with the… (More)
We have designed and synthesized novel semiconducting polymers by introducing naphtho[1,2-b:5,6-b']dithiophene (NDT) into the polythiophene backbone. These polymers, which have a highly pi-extended heteroarene unit, achieved mobilities (>0.5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) that are among the highest recorded to date for semiconducting polymers and most probably result… (More)
A convenient one-pot procedure for the synthesis of benzo[b]thiophenes and selenophenes from readily available o-halo-ethynylbenzene precursors is described. Regardless of the substituent on the acetylene terminus or the number of cyclization moieties on the precursors, various benzo[b]thiophenes and selenophenes, including not only the parent, alkyl-, and… (More)
We report the synthesis and characterization of a novel donor-acceptor semiconducting polymer bearing naphthobisthiadiazole (NTz), a doubly benzothiadiazole (BTz)-fused ring, and its applications to organic field-effect transistors and bulk heterojunction solar cells. With NTz's highly π-extended structure and strong electron affinity, the NTz-based polymer… (More)
Two isomeric diphenyl-dinaphtho[2,3-b:2',3'-f]thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DPh-DNTTs), 2,9- and 3,10-DPh-DNTT, were characterized by means of single-crystal X-ray analysis, thin film XRDs, and evaluation of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) using their evaporated thin films. The packing structures both in the single crystal and thin film state were… (More)
Employing two consecutive cyclization reactions, benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']bis[b]benzochalcogenophenes, which are pi-extended heteroarenes, were efficiently synthesized. Their electronic and crystal structures were elucidated on the basis of UV-vis spectra, electrochemical measurements, and X-ray structural analyses.