Synthesis and Redox Properties of Thiophene Terephthalate Building Blocks for Low-Potential Conducting Redox Polymers

Xiao Huang, Li Yang, Jonas Bergquist, Maria Strømme, Adolf Gogoll, Martin Sjödin

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Terephthalate-substituted thiophene derivatives are promising redox-active components for anode materials in lithium-ion batteries. In this study, we present the synthesis of substituted 2-(thiophen-3-yl)terephthalate derivatives (TTDs) as suitable monomers for thiophene-based conducting redox polymers, along with their characterization by electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations, utilizing the universal solvation model based on solute electron density (SMD), were used to predict both the first and the second reduction potentials of these TTDs. The computational results showed good agreement with the experimental data in nonaqueous acetonitrile solvent, with mean absolute errors of 30 and 40 mV for the first and second reduction steps, respectively. Time-dependent (TD) DFT calculations on TTDs indicated terephthalate local transitions at both 200 and 240 nm and charge-transfer transitions above 300 nm by examination of the involved molecular orbitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27247-27254
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 10
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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