Abstract: This thesis deals with synthesis and characterization of newoligothiophenes and derivatives thereof, for use as organicsemiconductors in optical and electronic applications, such asfield-effect transistors and light-emitting diodes. Much workis devoted to the development of new synthetic strategies forinteresting building blocks, to beused for synthesizing suchmaterials. One series of regio-defined oligothiophenes, up tothe octamer, has been prepared and evaluated. Photoluminescencequantum efficiencies of these were 22-31 % in solution, butdropped to 2-5 % in the solid state. Another project deals withthe development of oligothiophenes with in-chain chirality.These may find use in polarized lightemitting diodes. Finally,two oligothienyl-substituted porphyrins have been synthesizedand are currently evaluated for use in light-emitting diodesand possibly in solar cells.
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