3-Thiophene-acetic acid and 3-methylthiophene co-polymers have been prepared with the consideration that the solvation behaviour of the film could be modified. The modification is coupled with the observed splitting of the oxidation peak on the cyclic voltammograms. The redox transformation of the films was studied by electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) and in situ conductance (ISC) techniques. Mass changes during the electrochemical processes showed that the cation is not involved into the charge balancing of the film. Manifestation of self-doping was excluded by analogous measurements with an aprotic co-polymer of methylthiophene. Results completed with in situ conductance and spectroelectrochemical observations confirmed the assumption of a chemical step taking place after the first oxidation. In this process desolvation of the oxidized intermediate occurs, which is a necessary step for the achievement of the quasi-metallic state.
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