School of Health Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Organic Semiconductors, HOMO, LUMO, Solubility
Page, Denise M., "Synthesis of a Soluble Thiopheneanthrone Organic Semiconductor: Thiopheneanthrone-1-Thioglycoliccarboxylic Acid" (2014). Senior Honors Theses. 447.
Organic semiconductors are currently being researched for various uses, both electronic and biologic. They are less expensive than current inorganic semiconductors and do not require doping. They are useful in many areas including thin film transistors, photovoltaic cells, and Light Emitting Diodes (LED). However, synthesizing soluble organic semiconductors has been difficult. As a result, this study undertakes the synthesis of a specific organic semiconductor aiming at increased solubility following an adapted literature protocol. Tests for solubility, fluorescence, and conductivity potential will be used to assess the potential of this molecule as a semiconductor. Synthesis of anthraquinone-1,8-bisthioglycoliccarboxylic acid as an intermediate to thiopheneanthrone-1-thioglycoliccarboxylic acid was successful; however, results for the target molecule, thiopheneanthrone-1-thioglycoliccarboxylic acid, were inconclusive.