Modulating the properties of azulene-containing polymers through controlled incorporation of regioisomers

Kazuhiko Tsurui, Masahito Murai, Sung Yu Ku, Craig J. Hawker, Maxwell J. Robb

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Two libraries of random conjugated polymers are presented that incorporate varying ratios of regioisomeric azulene units connected via the 5-membered or 7-membered ring in combination with bithiophene or fluorene comonomers. It is demonstrated that the optoelectronic and stimuli-responsive properties of the materials can be systematically modulated by tuning the relative percentage of each azulene building block in the polymer backbone. Significantly, these materials exhibit stimuli-responsive behavior in the solid state with spin-coated thin fi lms undergoing rapid and reversible color switching. Ultimately, this work introduces a new design strategy in which the optoelectronic properties of conjugated polymers can be modulated by varying only the regiochemistry of the constituent building blocks along a polymer chain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7338-7347
Number of pages10
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - Dec 10 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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