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Molecular designing and DFT investigation of novel alternating donor–acceptor dibenzo[b,d]thiophen-based systems: from monomer to polymer


The structures and properties of dibenzo[b,d]thiophene (DBT) based alternating donor–acceptor conjugated oligomers, in which thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine (TP), thieno[3,4-b]thiadiazole (TD), and [1,2,5]thiadiazolo[3,4-e]thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine (TTP) as acceptors, and their periodic polymers were investigated by the density function theory (DFT) at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level. The bond length, electron density at bond critical points (BCPs) and nucleus-independent chemical shift (NICS) are analyzed and correlated with the conductive properties. NICS shows that the conjugation degree is increased with main chain extension. Research results show the conductive ability of compounds with 1:2 D–A ratio is better than that with 1:1 D–A ratio. The reorganization energies and energy bands also are considered. The results suggest that (BTDDBT) n and (BTPDDBT) n have small reorganization energy (0.163 and 0.152 eV, respectively) and quite low energy gap (0.73 and 0.56 eV, respectively), which indicate that they may be potential organic conductive materials.

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This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21073144), and by Ph.D. Programs Foundation of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 200806350013), and by Natural Science Foundation Project of CQ CSTC (Grant No. CSTC, 2009BB4104), and by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. XDJK2010B009).

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Deng, L., Shen, W., Xie, X. et al. Molecular designing and DFT investigation of novel alternating donor–acceptor dibenzo[b,d]thiophen-based systems: from monomer to polymer. Struct Chem 23, 97–106 (2012).

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  • Dibenzo[b,d]thiophene
  • DFT
  • Electronic properties
  • Reorganization energy
  • Conductive materials