Putting Arsoles to Work

Putting Arsoles to Work

Author: Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Conjugated main-chain polymers containing heavy main-group elements such as germanium, selenium, and phosphorus have attracted much interest because of the interesting optical and electronic effects they can induce. However, conjugated polymers containing arsenic have been a practically unexplored class of material.

Martin Heeney and colleagues at Imperial College London, UK, have synthesized the first dithieno[3,2-b:2’,3’-d]arsole derivative. They found that, unlike the analogous phosphorus-containing material, the arsole derivative was stable to undesired oxidation by ambient air. This allowed the team to prepare soluble copolymers by a palladium-catalyzed Stille polymerization.

Thin films of the resulting polymer were shown to be semicrystalline and to exhibit promising performance in organic thin-film transistor (TFT) devices. According to the researchers, the results demonstrate that arsoles have potential applications in a range of organic electronic devices. In particular, the ability to deliberately tune the oxidation state of the bridging arsenic atom (pictured red) could be interesting for future sensing applications.


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