Precision Synthesis of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) from Catalyst-Transfer Suzuki−Miyaura Coupling Polymerization



tBu3 PPd(Ph)Br (1)-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura coupling polymerization of 2-(4-hexyl-5-iodo-2-thienyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-1,3,2-dioxaborolane (2) was investigated. Monomer 2 was polymerized with 1 at 0 °C in the presence of CsF and 18-crown-6 in THF containing a small amount of water to yield P3HT with a narrow molecular weight distribution and almost perfect head-to-tail regioregularity. The equation image values increased up to 11 400 g · mol−1 in proportion to the feed ratio of 2 to 1. The MALDI-TOF mass spectra showed that P3HT with moderate molecular weight uniformly had a phenyl group at one end and a hydrogen atom at the other, indicating involvement of a catalyst-transfer mechanism. Successive 1-catalyzed polymerization of fluorene monomer 3 and then 2 yielded a well-defined block copolymer of polyfluorene and P3HT.

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