Porphyrin-based hole conducting electropolymer

Paul A. Liddell, Miguel Gervaldo, James W. Bridgewater, Amy E. Keirstead, Su Lin, Thomas Moore, Ana Moore, Devens Gust

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

60 Scopus citations


The monomer 5-(4-aminophenyl)-10,20-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)porphyrin was synthesized and found to electropolymerize on platinum, indium tin oxide, and other electrodes to form a clear, semiconducting film with strong absorption in the visible spectral region. The linear, hole-conducting polymer has a unique structure, with porphyrin units linked to one another through the 5-(4-aminophenyl) nitrogen atom and the carbon atom at the 15-position on the macrocyclic ring. The porphyrin macrocyclic ring is thus an integral part of the linear polymer backbone. The oxidation potential of the film is 0.85 V and the reduction potential is -1.12 V vs SCE. The absorption spectrum of the film resembles that of a monomelic model porphyrin, but with significant peak broadening. Streak camera studies of the fluorescence of the polymer yield a lifetime of 15 ps, indicating strong quenching of the porphyrin first excited singlet state relative to that of the monomer. The properties of the polymer suggest that it may be useful in sensors, catalysts, and solar energy conversion devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 8 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Porphyrin-based hole conducting electropolymer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this