Backbone orientation in semiconducting polymers

Itaru Osaka, Kazuo Takimiya

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Charge carrier transport is one of the most important functions of semiconducting polymers when they are used in organic electronic devices. Due to the transport path limited in two directions, i.e., along the π-conjugated backbone and intermolecular π-π stacking, the backbones are required to be oriented in the desired motifs with respect to the substrate, such as "edge-on" and "face-on" in order to maximize the device performances. In this Feature Article, we focus on how the orientation of semiconducting polymer backbones are influenced by the chemical structure, e.g., backbone structure, molecular weight, and side chains, and processing conditions. Implications of the backbone orientation for the performance of organic devices such as transistors and solar cells are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A1-A15
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 24
Externally publishedYes


  • Organic electronics
  • Orientation
  • Semiconducting polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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