RSC Adv. 2022 Nov 1;12(48):31180-31185. doi: 10.1039/d2ra04602d. eCollection 2022 Oct 27.
Three homopolymers were successfully synthesized by direct CH-CH arylation polymerization of thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione or pyromellitic diimide derivatives affording highly purified polymers with high molecular weights (43.0-174.7 K). Thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione and pyromellitic diimide derivatives are considered as electron-withdrawing units. The synthesized homopolymers P1, P2, and P3 showed band gaps in the range of 2.13-2.08 eV, respectively. The electron mobilities of the three homopolymers have been investigated. The thin film transistor for P1 prepared by the eutectic-melt-assisted nanoimprinting method achieved an electron mobility of 2.11 × 10-3 cm2 s-1 V-1. Based on the obtained results, the synthesized polymers can be used as potential electron acceptors in solar cell applications.