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Zong-Quan Wu, Cheng-Gang Qi, Na Liu, Ying Wang, Jun Yin, Yuan-Yuan Zhu, Long-Zhen Qiu and Hong-Bo Lu One-pot synthesis of conjugated poly(3-hexylthiophene)-b-poly(phenyl isocyanide) hybrid rod–rod block copolymers and its self-assembling properties Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 51

Version of Record online: 17 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.26689

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A series of molecular weights and composition-tunable conjugated rod--rod block copolymers, poly(3-hexylthiophene)-b-poly(phenyl isocyanide) (P3HT-b-PPI), are synthesized in the presence of Ni(dppp)Cl2 as a single catalyst in one pot. Spherical aggregates and an amorphous state are observed in tetrahydrofuran and CHCl3 solutions, respectively. The atomic force microscopy reveals that the block copolymers can self-assemble into nanofibrils from CHCl3 on the substrate. The unique features warrant the resultant copolymers' potential study in organic photovoltaic and other electronic devices.

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