Mechanical stability of cis, trans - poly(p-phenylene vinylenes)

Yurachat Janpatompong, Kamil Suwada, Michael Turner, Guillaume De Bo

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Understanding the stability of conjugated polymers towards mechanical stimuli is critical for optimizing the processing and use of these materials in a range of electronic and optoelectronic devices, such as transistors, light emitting diodes and solar cells. The fast-growing field of mechanochemistry aims to tame the destructive mechanical forces to perform specific chemical changes in mechanophores but it can also be used to probe the stability of conjugated polymers towards destructive mechanical forces. Using ultrasonication it is possible to benchmark the mechanical integrity of phenylenevinylene block copolymers and show, through experimental studies and DFT simulation, that conjugated olefins are highly stable to cis-trans isomerisation upon extensive elongation, a useful property for the development of flexible organic electronics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1978-1982
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Early online date29 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2023


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