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Eric Fossum, Ph.D. (Advisor); David Dolson, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Rachel Aga, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


The covalent attachment of a blue emitting, benzothiazole based TADF chromophore into poly(arylene ether) backbone polymers was explored. A benzothiazole derivative, 2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-benzothiazole (2,4-diF-BTZ), was synthesized to form the electrophilic component of the host polymer. Two polymers were synthesized to have chromophore incorporated, using 2,4-diFBTZ and 4,4-dihydroxydiphenyl ether (DPE) or 4,4’-biphenol (BP). The chromophore was covalently incorporated at a 10% molar ratio into the polymer backbone by copolymerization with 2,4-diF-BTZ and BP, utilizing nucleophilic aromatic substitution (NAS). Structural characterization was provided via NMR spectroscopy and GC/MS analysis. The polymer syntheses provided high molecular weight materials that were able to be cast into somewhat brittle films. The copolymers possessed glass transitions temperatures (Tg) in excess of 200°C. Photophysical analysis of the copolymers revealed the copolymers emitted light in the blue-green region of the visible spectrum, from 400 nm to 550 nm when excited at 365 nm.

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Department of Chemistry

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