Conducting polymers of terepthalic acid bis-(2-thiophen-3-yl-ethyl) ester and their electrochromic properties

Coskun Y., Cirpan A., Toppare L.

POLYMER, vol.45, no.15, pp.4989-4995, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 15
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.polymer.2004.05.038
  • Journal Name: POLYMER
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.4989-4995
  • Keywords: electrochromic polymers, conducting polymers, electropolymerisation, DEVICES, POLYTHIOPHENES
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Terepthalic acid bis-(2-thiophen-3-yl-ethyl)ester (TATE) was synthesized through the reaction of 2-thiophen-3-yl-ethanol and terepthaloyl chloride. Homopolymer of TATE was synthesized via potentiostatic and potentiodynamic methods by using tetrabutylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TBAFB) as the supporting electrolyte in dichloromethane/borontrifluoride ethylether solvent mixture(DM/BFEE) (8:2, v/v). Copolymerisation of TATE with thiophene was achieved in DM/BFEE solvent mixture (8:2, v/v) by using TBAFB as the supporting electrolyte in the presence of thiophene. The chemical structure of monomer is characterised via NMR and FTIR. Both homopolymer (PTATE) and copolymer P(TATE-co-Th) were characterised by various techniques including cyclic voltammetry, FTIR, scanning electron microscopy and UV-VIS spectroscopy. Conductivities of samples were measured by four probe technique. Optoelectrochemical analysis indicates that the homopolymer and copolymer have an electronic band gap, measured as the onset of the pi-to-pi* transition, as 2.17 and 2.00 eV, respectively. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.