Thienoacene-based organic semiconductors

Kazuo Takimiya, Shoji Shinamura, Itaru Osaka, Eigo Miyazaki

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

780 Citations (Scopus)


Thienoacenes consist of fused thiophene rings in a ladder-type molecular structure and have been intensively studied as potential organic semiconductors for organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) in the last decade. They are reviewed here. Despite their simple and similar molecular structures, the hitherto reported properties of thienoacene-based OFETs are rather diverse. This Review focuses on four classes of thienoacenes, which are classified in terms of their chemical structures, and elucidates the molecular electronic structure of each class. The packing structures of thienoacenes and the thus-estimated solid-state electronic structures are correlated to their carrier transport properties in OFET devices. With this perspective of the molecular structures of thienoacenes and their carrier transport properties in OFET devices, the structure-property relationships in thienoacene-based organic semiconductors are discussed. The discussion provides insight into new molecular design strategies for the development of superior organic semiconductors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4347-4370
Number of pages24
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 11
Externally publishedYes


  • electronic structure
  • organic field-effect transistors
  • organic semiconductors
  • structure-property relationships
  • thienoacene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Thienoacene-based organic semiconductors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this