Exploring redox states, doping and ordering of electroactive star-shaped oligo(aniline)s

Benjamin M Mills, Natalie Fey, Tomasz Marszalek, Wojciech Pisula, Patrice Rannou, Charl FJ Faul

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We have prepared a simple star-shaped oligo(aniline), TDPB, and characterised it in detail by MALDI-TOF MS, UV-vis-NIR, TD-DFT, CV and EPR. TDPB is part of an underdeveloped class of π-conjugated molecules with great potential for organic electronics, display and sensor applications. It is redox active and reacts with acids to form radical cations. Acid-doped TDPB shows behaviour similar to discotic liquid crystals, with X-ray scattering investigations revealing columnar self-assembled arrays. The combination of unpaired electrons and supramolecular stacking suggests star-shaped oligo(aniline)s like TDPB have the potential to form conducting nanowires and organic magnetic materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16950–16956
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number47
Early online date10 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2016


  • π-conjugated materials
  • oligo(aniline)s
  • star shaped molecules
  • structure property relationships
  • time dependent DFT


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