An electrochromic polymer based on cyclopenta[2,1-b;3,4-b ']dithiophene: Effect of a single atom alteration on the electrochemical and optical properties of the polymer backbone

Tutuncu E., Varlik B., Kesimal B., Cihaner A., Ozkut M.

SYNTHETIC METALS, vol.265, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 265
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2020.116370
  • Title of Journal : SYNTHETIC METALS


An electrochromic polymer, namely "poly(2,6-(3,3-didecyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-thieno [3,4-b] [1,4]dioxepin-6-yl)-4,4-dioctyl-4H-cyclopenta[2,1-b;3,4-b']dithiophene)" (P1), was electrochemically synthesized successfully, and its electrochemical and optical properties were investigated. The band gap of the polymer P1 was calculated as 1.77 eV with -5.45 eV Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital (HOMO) and -3.68 eV Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital (LUMO) energy levels. The polymer P1 is bluish purple when neutralized and highly transparent greenish purple when oxidized. This color change was observed around 1.4 s between its redox states and optical contrast ratio was found to be as 49 % and 53 % with 234 cm(2)/C and 239 cm(2)/C coloration efficiencies at 590 nm and 634 nm, respectively. Moreover, the properties of this polymer were compared to its analogues and also during this comparison the effect of alteration of a single atom in the pendant unit was tried to be understood.