Infrared and multi‐wavelength Raman spectroscopy of regio‐regular P3HT and its deutero derivatives

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  • Published: Dec 1, 2017
  • Author: L. Brambilla, C. Capel Ferrón, M. Tommasini, K. Hong, J.T. López Navarrete, V. Hernández, G. Zerbi
  • Journal: Journal of Raman Spectroscopy


The recently synthesized regio‐regular poly(3‐hexylthiophene‐2,5‐diyl) selectively deuterated on the main chain backbone and/or on the hexyl side chain have given the opportunity to record their infrared (IR) and Raman spectra, and to carry out a spectroscopic study supported by density functional theory calculations. The Effective Conjugation Coordinate associated with the collective C=C stretching mode, with Raman scattering and IR absorption near 1,450 cm−1, is used as a probe of the electronic structure and the molecular conformation of the chain backbone. With the help of the data collected from the deuterated species, the vibrational assignment for the structurally relevant 1,600–1,300 cm−1 region has been clarified. The excitation‐dependent wavenumbers and intensities of the C=C stretching Raman modes are discussed. Raman spectra excited in‐resonance or off‐resonance show the existence of a multimodal distribution of effective conjugation lengths that are ascribed to a phase hairy‐A with a practically flat backbone chain, a phase hairy‐B where the conformation of the backbone is slightly distorted, and an amorphous phase. IR spectra provide additional information on the Effective Conjugation Coordinate.

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