Stacked Conjugated Oligomers as Molecular Models to Examine Interchain Interactions in Conjugated Materials
Knoblock, Kurt M.
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Previous studies of the redox states of linear conjugated oligomers as models for polarons and bipolarons in conjugated polymers do not fully address the influence of intermolecular interactions on the electronic structure of conjugated systems in the solid state. Fusion of oligothiophenes onto a bicyclo[4.4.1]undecane core holds the conjugated oligomers in a permanent cofacial stack. One- and two-electron oxidation of the stacked oligomers affords mono(radical cation)s and dications that serve as models for polarons and bipolarons in p-doped conjugated polymers and demonstrates the effect of pi-stacking on the electronic structure of these species. Installation of phenyl-capped and ferrocenyl-capped oligothiophenes allows us to systematically vary pi-stacked oligomers and study intramolecular charge migration in other linear conjugated molecules.