Magnetic Ordering In a High-Spin Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymer

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Polymer Science and Engineering


The development of open-shell organic molecules that magnetically order at room temperature,which can be practically applied, remains a grand challenge in chemistry, physics, and materials science. Despite the exploration of vast chemical space, design paradigms for organic paramagnetic centers generally result in unpaired electron spins that are unstable or isotropic. Here, a high-spin conjugated polymer is demonstrated, which is composed of alternating cyclopentadithiophene and benzo[1,2-c;4,5-c′]bis[1,2,5]thiadiazole heterocycles, in which macromolecular structure and topology coalesce to promote the spin center generation and intermolecular exchange coupling. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is consistent with spatially localized spins, while magnetic susceptibility measurements show clear anisotropic spin ordering and exchange interactions that persist at room temperature. The application of long-range π-correlations for spin center generation promotes remarkable stability. This work offers a fundamentally new approach to the implementation of this long-sought-after physical phenomenon within organic materials and the integration of manifold properties within emerging technologies.

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