Hollamby, MJ and Nakanishi, T (2013) The power of branched chains: optimising functional molecular materials. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 1 (39). 6178 -6183. ISSN 2050-7526

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The power of branched alkyl substituents to alter material properties is known to soft matter chemistry, with examples found in both surfactants and ionic liquids. Here, we highlight their potency in organic molecular/polymeric materials with optoelectronic applications. Attaching branched alkyl chains to the active p-conjugated core modulates core–core interactions and thus softens the material. This can lead to optimised assemblies with improved optoelectronic properties. By increasing the number and volume of the flexible chains, individual cores can be isolated, yielding functional organic liquids with bulk optical properties the same as the intrinsic molecular characteristics obtained for their dilute solutions. These liquid materials can accommodate dopants to offer diverse and tuneable emission colours, and provide an easily applicable flexible and foldable continuous layer for future optoelectronic media.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: branched alkyl substituents, branched chains,
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 14:50
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2015 11:17
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/90

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