Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 20, pp 6556–6562 | Cite as

Synthesis of a low-bandgap polymer bearing side groups containing phenoxy radicals

  • Yu Innami
  • Rafaёl H. L. Kiebooms
  • Tamotsu Koyano
  • Masaaki Ichinohe
  • Satoshi Ohkawa
  • Kohsuke Kawabata
  • Masataka Kawamatsu
  • Kiyoto Matsuishi
  • Hiromasa GotoEmail author


Poly(isothianaphthene methine) bearing di-tert-butylphenoxide in the side chain was prepared by reacting isothianaphthene and 3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde in the presence of POCl3. A reference polymer with no hydroxy group in the side chain was also synthesized. Both polymers are characterized by a low-bandgap with value of ca. 1.3 eV obtained by optical absorption spectroscopy, and ca. 1.7 eV estimated from an electrochemical method. After treatment with PbO2 as an oxidizer, phenoxy radicals were generated by oxidation in the polymer side groups. Optical absorption measurements and electron spin resonance (ESR) showed a characteristic signal due to phenoxy radicals. Magnetic properties of the polymer were examined with ESR and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) measurements. The results suggested that the polymer shows paramagnetic behavior.


Electron Spin Resonance Cyclic Voltammetry Electron Spin Resonance Spectrum High Occupied Molecular Orbital Lower Unoccupied Molecular Orbital 



We would like to thank the Chemical Analysis Division of Research Facility Center for Science and Technology, and the Glass Work Shop of the University of Tsukuba. We also thank Prof. Seiji Kojima (University of Tsukuba) for kindly providing Raman spectroscopy instrumentation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu Innami
    • 1
  • Rafaёl H. L. Kiebooms
    • 2
  • Tamotsu Koyano
    • 1
    • 3
  • Masaaki Ichinohe
    • 4
  • Satoshi Ohkawa
    • 1
  • Kohsuke Kawabata
    • 1
  • Masataka Kawamatsu
    • 1
  • Kiyoto Matsuishi
    • 1
  • Hiromasa Goto
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Materials Science, Graduate School of Pure and Applied SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.European Patent OfficeMunichGermany
  3. 3.Cryogenic CenterUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Pure and Applied SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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