Triarylamine polymers of bridged phenylenes by (N-heterocyclic carbene)-palladium catalysed C-N coupling

Reiner Sebastian Sprick, Mario Hoyos, John James Morrison, Iain Mark Grace, Colin Lambert, Oscar Navarro, Michael Lewis Turner

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A library of triarylamine copolymers with 2,7-fluorene, 3,7-dibenzo[b,d]thiophene and 2,7-carbazole units incorporated in the polymer backbone is reported. The polymers were synthesised by using C-N coupling of anilines and dibromoarenes, catalysed by N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of palladium. The properties of the polymers were tuned by changing the nature of the fused ring structure and the substitution of the pendant benzene of the arylamine. The use of these polymers as the charge transporting layer of an OFET is demonstrated with the highest mobility found for polymers derived from 2,7-dibromo-9,9′-dioctylfluorene and 4-methoxy-2-methylaniline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3327-3336
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2013


  • triarylamine polymers
  • triarylamine copolymers
  • N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of palladium


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