Micro X-ray diffraction mapping of a fluorene copolymer fibre
2013 (English)In: Polymer, ISSN 0032-3861, E-ISSN 1873-2291, Vol. 54, no 2, 805-811 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Using raster-scanning wide-angle X-ray scattering, we investigate oriented fibres of the low bandgap conjugated polymer, poly[2,7-(9,9-dioctylfluorene)-alt-5,5-(4,7-di-2-thienyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)] (F8TBT), that was developed in particular for polymer solar cells. For the first time, structural data are provided for F8TBT. Our results demonstrate that the nano-scale structure of this polymer is closely related to the externally observable features of the fibre, and thus emphasise the importance of having full control over the local molecular conformation. Liquid-crystalline phases are observed at elevated temperatures, and the molecular alignment in the drawn fibres yields scattering patterns that are dominated by broad peaks of equatorial diffuse scattering. The significant degree of preferred orientation facilitates the analysis, leading to estimates of (average) nearest-neighbour packing distances and coherence length of this macromolecule. In particular, we observe a pronounced broad signal assigned to packing of the conjugated backbone with an approximate spacing of 4.00-4.39 angstrom that is coherent over 5-6 polymer segments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2013. Vol. 54, no 2, 805-811 p.
Conjugated polymer fibre, Synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Liquid-crystalline polymer
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-89747DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2012.10.059ISI: 000314085000042OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-89747DiVA: diva2:609355
Funding Agencies|Northern European Innovative Energy Research Programme (N-INNER)||Swedish Energy Agency||Norwegian Research Council||Statoil ASA||Total EP Norge AS||Janus Holdings AS||Wenaas AS||Swix Sport AS||2013-03-052013-03-052013-03-05