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Wu, Z.; Petzold, A.; Henze, T.; Thurn-Albrecht, T.; Lohwasser, R.H.; Sommer, M.; Thelakkat, M.: Temperature and Molecular Weight Dependent Hierarchical Equilibrium Structures in Semiconducting Poly(3-hexylthiophene), Macromolecules, 43(10), 4646-4653 (2010) -- DOI: 10.1021/ma902566h
Key words: B4
We report on structural investigations of a series of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) with well-defined molecular weight (5−19 kg/mol) using DSC, small angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering, and AFM. With increasing temperature, we identify three ordered phases, namely 3D crystalline, 2D crystalline with disordered side chains, and a layered phase of smectic symmetry, followed by complete melting. Although all samples crystallize in extended chain conformation, the lower molecular weight material exhibits a lower crystallinity, most likely caused by noncrystallizable end groups. The crystallinity increases strongly with increasing molecular weight, which could be a possible explanation for the known dependence of charge transport properties on molecular weight.
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