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The introduction of side chains in π‐conjugated molecules is a design strategy widely exploited to increase molecular solubility thus improving the processability, while directly influencing the self‐assembly and consequently the electrical properties of thin films. Here, a multiscale structural analysis performed by X‐ray diffraction, X‐ray reflectivity, and atomic force microscopy on thin films of dicyanoperylene molecules decorated with either linear or branched side chains is reported. The substitution with asymmetric branched alkyl chains allows obtaining, upon thermal annealing, field‐effect transistors with enhanced transport properties with respect to linear alkyl chains. Branched chains induce molecular disorder during the film growth from solution, effectively favouring 2D morphology. Post‐deposition thermal annealing leads to a structural transition towards the bulk‐phase for molecules with branched chains, still …
Publication date: 
1 Sep 2014

Laura Ferlauto, Fabiola Liscio, Emanuele Orgiu, Norberto Masciocchi, Antonietta Guagliardi, Fabio Biscarini, Paolo Samorì, Silvia Milita

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Volume: 24 Issue: 35 Pages: 5503-5510
Advanced Functional Materials