Structure-Mechanical Relationships in Polymorphs of an Organic Semiconductor (C4-NT3N)

Chiara Cappuccino, Luca Catalano, Francesco Marin, Ghada Dushaq, Gijo Raj, Mahmoud Rasras, Rachid Rezgui, Massimo Zambianchi, Manuela Melucci, Panče Naumov, Lucia Maini

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Understanding of polymorphism of organic semiconducting materials is the key to structural control of their electrical and mechanical properties. Motivated by the ambipolar n-type charge transport and electroluminescence of thienopyrrolyldione end-capped oligothiophenes, here we studied the propensity of one representative to crystallize as different polymorphs which display distinctly different mechanically properties. The crystal structures of the two polymorphs (denoted "α" and "β") of the material, 2,2′-(2,2′-thiophene-5,5′-diyl)bis(5-butyl-5H-thieno[2,3-c]pyrrole-4,6)-dione (C4-NT3N), were determined. In the α phase, the molecules interact strongly by π-stacking, forming columns which are bonded via C-H - O and chalcogen bonds, and this packing is consistent with the elastic behavior observed with the crystals. Instead, the β phase has the molecules aligned along their core forming layers. While the molecules interact strongly within the layers, they are practically unbound between the layers. The presence of slip planes in this form explains the plastic deformation induced by applying a force perpendicular to the (001). The thermal behavior and the enantiotropic relationship of the polymorphs are reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)884-891
Number of pages8
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 5 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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