A novel highly π-extended heteroarene with eight fused aromatic rings, dianthra[2,3-b:2′,3′-f]thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DATT), was selectively synthesized via a newly developed synthetic strategy, fully characterized by means of single crystal X-ray structural analysis, and examined as an organic semiconductor in thin film transistors. Even with its highly extended acene-like π-system, DATT is a fairly air-stable compound with IP of 5.1 eV. Single crystal X-ray structural analysis revealed its planar molecular structure and the lamella-like layered structure with typical herringbone packing. Theoretical calculations of the solid state electronic structure based on the bulk single crystal structure suggest that DATT affords almost comparable intermolecular orbital couplings between HOMOs (tHOMO) with those of dinaphtho[2,3-b:2′,3′-f]thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DNTT), implying its good potential as an organic semiconductor for organic field-effect transistors. In fact, field-effect mobilities as high as 3.0 cm2 V-1 s-1 were achieved with vapor-processed DATT-based devices, which is comparable with that of DNTT-based devices. The molecular ordering of DATT in the thin film state, however, turned out to be not completely uniform; as elucidated by in-plane and out-of-plane XRD measurements, the face-on molecular orientation was contaminated in the edge-on orientation, the former of which is not optimal for efficient carrier transport and thus could limit the mobility.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry