Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2014


School of Health Sciences


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Organic Semiconductors, HOMO, LUMO, Solubility


Organic Chemistry


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.