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  1. Semiconductor-nanocrystal/conjugated polymer thin films

    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dittmer, Janke J.; Huynh, Wendy U.; Milliron, Delia

    2010-08-17

    The invention described herein provides for thin films and methods of making comprising inorganic semiconductor-nanocrystals dispersed in semiconducting-polymers in high loading amounts. The invention also describes photovoltaic devices incorporating the thin films.

  2. Non-volatile memory device using a polymer modified nanocrystal

    Thin-film planar structures using AgCl nanocrystals embedded in a polymer blend; exhibit reliable and reproducible switching between different non-volatile conductance states. It is shown that resistive switching in these systems cannot be related with migration diffusion or aggregation of metals to form metallic filaments. This is supported by temperature-dependent measurement showing that the current in the high conductance state is thermal activated (0.6 eV).

  3. Cellulose based conductive polymers

    Lin, Haishu

    2015-01-01

    Conductive fibers show potential applications in different areas. In this thesis, cellulose and its derivatives, including carboxymethyl cellulose, cellulose acetate as well as methyl cellulose were used to produce fibers via wet spinning. Different conductive materials were also introduced in an attempt to obtain cellulose-derived conductive fibers. Different conductive fillers (Zelec, carbon black, conductive polymers) were evaluated. Among them, PEDOT and PPy conductive polymers showed...

  4. Voltammetry of conducting polymers

    Gulaboski, Rubin

    2014-01-01

    The search for new materials for enhancing electrical conductivity of various materials is one of the most active research areas today. Conducting polymers represent a unique class of organic materials that have been used in many applications such as bioelectronics, sensors, corrosion protection, electrocatalysis, and energy storage devices. Application of the conductive polymers in electrochemistry is almost inevitable in order to get better features of the voltammetric systems ...

  5. Thermally conductive polymers

    Byrd, N. R.; Jenkins, R. K.; Lister, J. L. (Inventor)

    1971-01-01

    A thermally conductive polymer is provided having physical and chemical properties suited to use as a medium for potting electrical components. The polymer is prepared from hydroquinone, phenol, and formaldehyde, by conventional procedures employed for the preparation of phenol-formaldehyde resins. While the proportions of the monomers can be varied, a preferred polymer is formed from the monomers in a 1:1:2.4 molar or ratio of hydroquinone:phenol:formaldehyde.

  6. Conducting polymers: polyaniline

    Stejskal, Jaroslav; Trchová, Miroslava; Bober, Patrycja; Humpolíček, P.; Kašpárková, V.; Sapurina, I.; Shishov, M. A.; Varga, M.

    Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2015, s. 1-44. ISBN 9780471440260 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : conducting polymers * polyaniline Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/0471440264/

  7. 'Stuffed' conducting polymers

    Winther-Jensen, Bjørn; Chen, Jun; West, Keld;

    2005-01-01

    Conducting polymers (CP) obtained by oxidative polymerization using iron(III) salts shrink when Fe(II) and the excess counter ions are washed out after polymerization. This phenomenon can be used to incorporate active molecules into the CP matrix via their addition to the wash liquid. In the pres......Conducting polymers (CP) obtained by oxidative polymerization using iron(III) salts shrink when Fe(II) and the excess counter ions are washed out after polymerization. This phenomenon can be used to incorporate active molecules into the CP matrix via their addition to the wash liquid....... In the present work we demonstrate this principle on three different CP's: polypyrrole (PPy), poly-terthiophene (PTTh) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene) (PEDT), using ferrocene as a model molecule to be trapped in the polymer films. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  8. Conductive Polymer Composites

    Pierini, Filippo

    2013-01-01

    In recent years, nanotechnologies have led to the production of materials with new and sometimes unexpected qualities through the manipulation of nanoscale components. This research aimed primarily to the study of the correlation between hierarchical structures of hybrid organic-inorganic materials such as conductive polymer composites (CPCs). Using a bottom-up methodology, we could synthesize a wide range of inorganic nanometric materials with a high degree of homogeneity and purity, ...

  9. Conducting polymer 3D microelectrodes

    Sasso, Luigi; Vazquez, Patricia; Vedarethinam, Indumathi;

    2010-01-01

    Conducting polymer 3D microelectrodes have been fabricated for possible future neurological applications. A combination of micro-fabrication techniques and chemical polymerization methods has been used to create pillar electrodes in polyaniline and polypyrrole. The thin polymer films obtained...

  10. Synthesis of Doped Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Conductive Coatings

    Wills, Andrew Wilke

    measurements reveal that the nanocrystal Fermi level rises with increasing Al content. The third thrust is achieved by the use of primary dithiocarbamates as ligands to stabilize CdSe, and PbSe / CdSe core/shell nanoparticles. Primary dithiocarbamates bind well to metals but include a weak chemical bond that can be broken with gentle heating. This enables us to bind them to nanoparticles, process the particles into devices, then remove the ligand via gentle heating. Characterization of the ligand-particle interactions show excellent ligand binding to the particle surface and easy ligand removal with heating. After ligand removal, the inter-particle spacing shrinks. Transistor measurements reveal that this reduces the barrier to interparticle electron transport, enhancing the conductivity of the film.

  11. Conductive polymer-based material

    McDonald, William F.; Koren, Amy B.; Dourado, Sunil K.; Dulebohn, Joel I.; Hanchar, Robert J.

    2007-04-17

    Disclosed are polymer-based coatings and materials comprising (i) a polymeric composition including a polymer having side chains along a backbone forming the polymer, at least two of the side chains being substituted with a heteroatom selected from oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus and combinations thereof; and (ii) a plurality of metal species distributed within the polymer. At least a portion of the heteroatoms may form part of a chelation complex with some or all of the metal species. In many embodiments, the metal species are present in a sufficient concentration to provide a conductive material, e.g., as a conductive coating on a substrate. The conductive materials may be useful as the thin film conducting or semi-conducting layers in organic electronic devices such as organic electroluminescent devices and organic thin film transistors.

  12. Conducting Polymers: Emerging Commercial Materials

    N. Kumar

    1996-04-01

    Full Text Available Conducting polymers are materials of recent origin. They are obtained by polymerisation of simple organic monomers and doping with electron acceptor or donor species and show conductivity ranging from that of a semiconductor to that of metal. These materials are now available with unique electronic and optical properties of metals and semiconductors in combination with the attractive mechanical and processable advantages of polymers. The field has progressed to a level of maturity consistent with a new set of opportunities to develop Wide range of applications based upon conducting polymers as materials for industrial products.Examples include: static charge dissipation, EMI shielding, flexible light emitting diodes, transparent electrodes, batteries, gas sensors, gas separators, etc. Many of the conducting polymers and devices based on them are now available commercially.

  13. Conducting Polymers: Emerging Commercial Materials

    Kumar, N; S. R. Vadera; Jeevan Singh; Das, G.; S. C. Negi; Aparna, P.; Tuli, A

    1996-01-01

    Conducting polymers are materials of recent origin. They are obtained by polymerisation of simple organic monomers and doping with electron acceptor or donor species and show conductivity ranging from that of a semiconductor to that of metal. These materials are now available with unique electronic and optical properties of metals and semiconductors in combination with the attractive mechanical and processable advantages of polymers. The field has progressed to a level of maturity cons...

  14. Conducting Polymer 3D Microelectrodes

    Jenny Emnéus

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Conducting polymer 3D microelectrodes have been fabricated for possible future neurological applications. A combination of micro-fabrication techniques and chemical polymerization methods has been used to create pillar electrodes in polyaniline and polypyrrole. The thin polymer films obtained showed uniformity and good adhesion to both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Electrodes in combination with metal/conducting polymer materials have been characterized by cyclic voltammetry and the presence of the conducting polymer film has shown to increase the electrochemical activity when compared with electrodes coated with only metal. An electrochemical characterization of gold/polypyrrole electrodes showed exceptional electrochemical behavior and activity. PC12 cells were finally cultured on the investigated materials as a preliminary biocompatibility assessment. These results show that the described electrodes are possibly suitable for future in-vitro neurological measurements.

  15. Multifunctional Composites Obtained by Incorporating Nanocrystals into Decorated PVK Polymers

    Haizhu Sun

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Poly(vinylcarbazole (PVK was decorated with surfactant group to achieve amphiphilic polymer with luminescent property. The composition and properties of the polymers were systematically investigated using FTIR, EA, TGA, UV-Vis, and PL characterizations. Different CdTe nanocrystals (NCs prepared in aqueous medium were directly transferred to organic phase using the PVK-based polymers. The quantum yield of NCs in the composites had been improved by 50% compared with their parent aqueous solution due to the short distance from carbazole moieties to NCs, which facilitated the Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET between them. Moreover, efficient electron transfer at the interface of NCs and polymers had been confirmed which also indicated the application in photovoltaic cell for such composites.

  16. INFRARED EMISSIVITY OF CONDUCTING POLYMERS

    WAN Meixiang; LI Suzhen; LI Junchao; DONG Haiou

    1991-01-01

    The infrared emissivity of conducting polymers in 8-20μm and at 50-150℃ in the direction of normal line has been measured as a function of wavelength, conductivity at room temperature,counterion, doping levels, measuring temperature and thickness of sample.

  17. Preparation of CdTe nanocrystal-polymer composite microspheres in aqueous solution by dispersing method

    LI Minjie; WANG Chunlei; HAN Kun; YANG Bai

    2005-01-01

    Highly fluorescent CdTe nanocrystals were synthesized in aqueous solution, and then processible CdTe nanocrystal-polymer composites were fabricated by coating the aqueous nanocrystals with copolymers of styrene and octadecyl-p-vinyl-benzyldimethylammonium chloride (SOV- DAC) directly. A dichloromethane solution of CdTe nano- crystal-polymer composites was dispersed in the aqueous solution of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) generating highly fluorescent microspheres. Experimental parameters such as the concentration of nanocrystal-polymer composites, the concentration of PVA, and stirring speed which had important effect on the preparation of the microspheres were investigated in detail with fluorescent microscope characterization.

  18. Ultrabroadband terahertz conductivity of Si nanocrystal films

    Cooke, D. G.; Meldrum, A.; Jepsen, P. Uhd

    2012-01-01

    The terahertz conductivity of silicon nanoparticles embedded in glass with varying density is studied with ultra-broadband terahertz spectroscopy on picosecond time scales following fs optical excitation. The transition from relatively isolated charge carriers to densities which allow inter...

  19. Electrically conductive polymer concrete overlays

    Fontana, J. J.; Webster, R. P.

    1984-08-01

    The use of cathodic protection to prevent the corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete structures has been well established. Application of a durable, skid-resistant electrically conductive polymer concrete overlay would advance the use of cathodic protection for the highway industry. Laboratory studies indicate that electrically conductive polymer concrete overlays using conductive fillers, such as calcined coke breeze, in conjunction with polyester or vinyl ester resins have resistivities of 1 to 10 ohm-cm. Both multiple-layer and premixed mortar-type overlays were made. Shear bond strengths of the conductive overlays to concrete substrates vary from 600 to 1300 psi, with the premixed overlays having bond strengths 50 to 100% higher than the multiple-layer overlays.

  20. The Workshop on Conductive Polymers: Final Report

    1985-10-01

    Reports are made by groups on: polyacetylene, polyphenylene, polyaniline, and related systems; molecular, crystallographic, and defect structures in conducting polymers; heterocyclic polymers; synthesis of new and improved conducting polymers; future applications possibilities for conducting polymers; and challenges for improved understanding of properties. (DLC)

  1. Nanocrystal-polymer nanocomposite electrochromic device

    Milliron, Delia; Runnerstrom, Evan; Helms, Brett; Llordes, Anna; Buonsanti, Raffaella; Garcia, Guillermo

    2015-12-08

    Described is an electrochromic nanocomposite film comprising a solid matrix of an oxide based material, the solid matrix comprising a plurality of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) nanostructures dispersed in the solid matrix and a lithium salt dispersed in the solid matrix. Also described is a near infrared nanostructured electrochromic device having a functional layer comprising the electrochromic nanocomposite film.

  2. Charge transport in conducting polymers

    Polymers with metal-like electrical conductivity are presented as novel materials. After a short discussion of the present situation of technical applications experimental data on the electrical conductivity and its temperature and frequency dependence are reviewed. These data are discussed within the framework of a model involving fluctuation-induced tunneling between marcroscopic inhomogeneities and energy dependent hopping of charge carriers between localized states on a microscopic level. Pulsed photoconductivity measurements indicate that also in photoconductivity a hopping mechanism is dominant and solitary wave motion of conjugational defects escapes observation. (orig.)

  3. Conductivity behaviour of polymer gel electrolytes: Role of polymer

    S S Sekhon

    2003-04-01

    Polymer is an important constituent of polymer gel electrolytes along with salt and solvent. The salt provides ions for conduction and the solvent helps in the dissolution of the salt and also provides the medium for ion conduction. Although the polymer added provides mechanical stability to the electrolytes yet its effect on the conductivity behaviour of gel electrolytes as well as the interaction of polymer with salt and solvent has not been conclusively established. The conductivity of lithium ion conducting polymer gel electrolytes decreases with the addition of polymer whereas in the case of proton conducting polymer gel electrolytes an increase in conductivity has been observed with polymer addition. This has been explained to be due to the role of polymer in increasing viscosity and carrier concentration in these gel electrolytes.

  4. Aqueous-Processed Insulating Polymer/Nanocrystal Hybrid Solar Cells.

    Jin, Gan; Chen, Zhaolai; Dong, Chunwei; Cheng, Zhongkai; Du, Xiaohang; Zeng, Qingsen; Liu, Fangyuan; Sun, Haizhu; Zhang, Hao; Yang, Bai

    2016-03-23

    A novel kind of hybrid solar cell (HSC) was developed by introducing water-soluble insulating polymer poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) into nanocrystals (NCs), which revealed that the most frequently used conjugated polymer could be replaced by an insulating one. It was realized by strategically taking advantage of the characteristic of decomposition for the polymer at annealing temperature, and it was interesting to discover that partial decomposition of PVA left behind plenty of pits on the surfaces of CdTe NC films, enlarging surface contact area between CdTe NCs and subsequently evaporated MoO3. Moreover, the residual annealed PVA filled in the voids among spherical CdTe NCs, which led to the decrease of leakage current. An improved shunt resistance (increased by ∼80%) was achieved, indicating the charge-carrier recombination was effectively overcome. As a result, the new HSCs were endowed with increased Voc, fill factor, and power conversion efficiency compared with the pure NC device. This approach can be applied to other insulating polymers (e.g., PVP) with advantages in synthesis, type, economy, stability, and so on, providing a novel universal cost-effective way to achieve higher photovoltaic performance. PMID:26931540

  5. Electrically conducting polymers for aerospace applications

    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Gaier, James R.; Good, Brian S.; Sharp, G. R.; Meador, Michael A.

    1991-01-01

    Current research on electrically conducting polymers from 1974 to the present is reviewed focusing on the development of materials for aeronautic and space applications. Problems discussed include extended pi-systems, pyrolytic polymers, charge-transfer systems, conductive matrix resins for composite materials, and prospects for the use of conducting polymers in space photovoltaics.

  6. Electrochemical Study of Conductive Gel Polymer

    Zhaohui Li; Jing Jiang; Gangtie Lei

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Conventional ion-conducting polymer consists of electrolyte salt and polymer matrix, so-called salt-inpolymer. It possesses lower conductivity because the migration of ions depends on the motion of polymer segmental. To increase the ionic conductivity, a kind of gel polymer film (GPF) was prepared by in situ polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer in room-temperature ionic liquid(RTIL), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMIPF6). Due to immeasurably low vapor pressure, high ionic conductivity, and greater thermal and electrochemical stability, BMIPF6 is suitable electrolyte salts for ion-conducting polymer.

  7. STUDIES ON ENHANCED CONDUCTIVITY OF STRETCHED CONDUCTING POLYMERS

    WAN Meixiang

    1995-01-01

    A physical model of series of the conductivity on chain and the interchain conductivity between chains is proposed to explain enhanced conductivity of stretched conducting polymers.This model suggests that the enhanced conductivity for stretched conducting polymers might be due to increasing of the interchain conductivity between chains along the elongation direction after drawing processes if the conductivity on chain is assumed much larger than that of the interchain conductivity between chains. According to this model, it is expected that the temperature dependence of conductivity measured by four-probe method for stretched conducting polymers is controlled by a variation of the interchain conductivity between chains with temperature, which can be used to explain that a metallic temperature dependence of conductivity for stretched conducting polymers is not observed although the conductivity along the elongation direction is enhanced by two or three orders of magnitude.

  8. Molecular and supramolecular orientation in conducting polymers

    Intrinsic anisotropy in electrical and optical properties of conducting polymers constitutes a unique aspect that derives π-electron delocalization along the polymer backbone and from the weak inter-chain interaction. To acquire such an intrinsic property, conducting polymers have to be oriented macroscopically and microscopically (at the chain level). A review of the various techniques, including stretch-alignment of the polymer and of precursor polymers, polymerization in ordered media, i.e., in a liquid crystal solvent, and synthesis of liquid crystalline conducting polymers will be given. 29 refs

  9. A merocyanine-based conductive polymer

    Wagner, Klaudia; Zanoni, Michele; Elliott, Anastasia B. S.; Wagner, Pawel; Byrne, Robert; Florea, Larisa; Diamond, Dermot; Gordon, Keith; Wallace, Gordon; Officer, David

    2013-01-01

    We report the first example of a conducting polymer with a merocyanine incorporated into the polymer backbone by electropolymerisation of a spiropyran moiety covalently linked between two alkoxythiophene units. Utilising the known metal coordination capabilities of merocyanines, introduction of cobalt ions into the electropolymerisation led to an enhancement of the conductivity, morphology and optical properties of the polymer films.

  10. A Platform for Functional Conductive Polymers

    Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hoffmann, Christian; Lind, Johan Ulrik;

    Conductive polymers have been studied extensively during recent years. In order to broaden the application field of conductive polymers different methods have been tested and recently an azide functional poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT-N3) was developed(1, 2). The azide functional...... conductive polymer can be postpolymerization functionalized to introduce a large number of functionalities through click chemistry(3). Through selection of reaction conditions it is possible control the depth of the reaction into the polymer film to the upper surface or the entire film(4). Thus a conductive...... polymer can be prepared with a subsurface layer of highly conductive polymer where only the upper surface has been grafted with functional groups to ensure selectivity of the surface layer for e.g. interaction with specific biospecies. The conductive polymer can be patterned using selective etching, which...

  11. Application potential of conducting polymers

    Intrinsically conducting polymers (ICPs) represent a special class of weak materials with electronic and ionic conductivity. Chemical and physical properties are dependent on their redox state. These properties allow a wide application as functional coatings. At constant film conditions, ICPs can be used in the dry or wet state due to their electronic conductivity, due to their porous structure or due to their processibility in microstructuring processes. The production of conducting electrodes on electrolyte condensers and the through hole plating of printed circuit boards (PCBs) represent typical examples. In sensors and membranes, the pore structure is applied. The application of variable properties, however, is of much greater interest. It is based on the change of charge, electronic states, chemical composition and mechanical properties during the reversible redox process. In contrast to original expectations, small intercalation factors hinder the application in batteries or supercaps. For OLEDs, however, most problems seem to be solved. Application of switching hydrophilic/hydrophobic properties is proved for offset printing but not yet applied. Usually, the anodic doping is investigated. The correspondent cathodic doping opens additional applications. The application of ICPs in functional coatings requires special properties such as fast response (e.g. in ms), stability for 103 cycles for batteries and 106 switches for displays, and a constant potential of discharge for batteries. Moreover, the stability against corrosion, overoxidation and delamination has to be guaranteed. Chemical modification of the monomer allows wide variations of properties, but economic requirements limit the price of the monomer and, thereby, the thickness or quality of the coating

  12. Conducting Polymers for Neutron Detection

    Conjugated polymers have emerged as an attractive technology for large-area electronic applications. As organic semiconductors, they can be used to make large-area arrays of diodes or transistors using fabrication techniques developed for polymer coatings, such as spraying and screen-printing. We have demonstrated both neutron and alpha detection using diodes made from conjugated polymers and have done preliminary work to integrate a boron carbide layer into the conventional polymer device structure to capture thermal neutrons. The polymer devices appear to be insensitive to gamma rays, due to their small physical thickness and low atomic number

  13. Conducting Polymers for Neutron Detection

    Kimblin, Clare; Miller, Kirk; Vogel, Bob; Quam, Bill; McHugh, Harry; Anthony, Glen; Mike, Grover

    2007-12-01

    Conjugated polymers have emerged as an attractive technology for large-area electronic applications. As organic semiconductors, they can be used to make large-area arrays of diodes or transistors using fabrication techniques developed for polymer coatings, such as spraying and screen-printing. We have demonstrated both neutron and alpha detection using diodes made from conjugated polymers and have done preliminary work to integrate a boron carbide layer into the conventional polymer device structure to capture thermal neutrons. The polymer devices appear to be insensitive to gamma rays, due to their small physical thickness and low atomic number.

  14. Research Update: Preserving the photoluminescence efficiency of near infrared emitting nanocrystals when embedded in a polymer matrix

    Olga Solomeshch

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Near infrared light emitting nanocrystals are known to lose efficiency when embedded in a polymer matrix. One of the factors leading to reduced efficiency is the labile nature of the ligands that may desorb off the nanocrystal surface when the nanocrystals are in the polymer solution. We show that adding trioctylphosphine to the nanocrystal-poly(methylmethacrylate solution prior to film casting enhances the photoluminescence efficiency. The solid films’ photoluminescence quantum efficiency values are reduced by less than a factor of two in the solid form compared to the solution case. We demonstrate record efficiency values of 25% for lead sulfide nanocrystals solid films emitting at 1100 nm.

  15. Nanostructured polymer membranes for proton conduction

    Balsara, Nitash Pervez; Park, Moon Jeong

    2013-06-18

    Polymers having an improved ability to entrain water are characterized, in some embodiments, by unusual humidity-induced phase transitions. The described polymers (e.g., hydrophilically functionalized block copolymers) have a disordered state and one or more ordered states (e.g., a lamellar state, a gyroid state, etc.). In one aspect, the polymers are capable of undergoing a disorder-to-order transition while the polymer is exposed to an increasing temperature at a constant relative humidity. In some aspects the polymer includes a plurality of portions, wherein a first portion forms proton-conductive channels within the membrane and wherein the channels have a width of less than about 6 nm. The described polymers are capable of entraining and preserving water at high temperature and low humidity. Surprisingly, in some embodiments, the polymers are capable of entraining greater amounts of water with the increase of temperature. The polymers can be used in Polymer Electrolyte Membranes in fuel cells.

  16. Metal-containing conducting polymers

    Higgins, S. (Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of St. Andrews, Fife (United Kingdom)); Crayston, J.A. (Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of St. Andrews, Fife (United Kingdom))

    1993-03-22

    Poly-(2,6-di-(2-thienyl) pyridine) was investigated for its ability to complex to metals via the pyridine group. Ag[sup +], Cu[sup 2+] and Pd[sup 2+] were reducible in MeCN at the polymer coated electrode after it had been activated by cathodic potentials. The polymer was insulating in aqueous media but in MeCN the cation Ru[sub 3]O(OAc)[sub 6](py)[sub 2](MeOH)[sup +], py=pyridine, was adsorbed onto the polymer as a monolayer. (orig.)

  17. ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE POLYMER-POLYMER COMPOSITES

    Galvin, M; Wnek, G.

    1983-01-01

    Conductive composites have been prepared by polymerization of acelene in polyethylene films followed by iodine doping. The attainment of high conductivity (5-10 S/cm) at low (CH)x concentrations (∼3 wt%) is explained with a simple percolation model.

  18. Biochemical synthesis of water soluble conducting polymers

    Bruno, Ferdinando F.; Bernabei, Manuele

    2016-05-01

    An efficient biomimetic route for the synthesis of conducting polymers/copolymers complexed with lignin sulfonate and sodium (polystyrenesulfonate) (SPS) will be presented. This polyelectrolyte assisted PEG-hematin or horseradish peroxidase catalyzed polymerization of pyrrole (PYR), 3,4 ethyldioxithiophene (EDOT) and aniline has provided a route to synthesize water-soluble conducting polymers/copolymers under acidic conditions. The UV-vis, FTIR, conductivity and cyclic voltammetry studies for the polymers/copolymer complex indicated the presence of a thermally stable and electroactive polymers. Moreover, the use of water-soluble templates, used as well as dopants, provided a unique combination of properties such as high electronic conductivity, and processability. These polymers/copolymers are nowadays tested/evaluated for antirust features on airplanes and helicopters. However, other electronic applications, such as photovoltaics, for transparent conductive polyaniline, actuators, for polypyrrole, and antistatic films, for polyEDOT, will be proposed.

  19. Nanostructured conductive polymers for advanced energy storage.

    Shi, Ye; Peng, Lele; Ding, Yu; Zhao, Yu; Yu, Guihua

    2015-10-01

    Conductive polymers combine the attractive properties associated with conventional polymers and unique electronic properties of metals or semiconductors. Recently, nanostructured conductive polymers have aroused considerable research interest owing to their unique properties over their bulk counterparts, such as large surface areas and shortened pathways for charge/mass transport, which make them promising candidates for broad applications in energy conversion and storage, sensors, actuators, and biomedical devices. Numerous synthetic strategies have been developed to obtain various conductive polymer nanostructures, and high-performance devices based on these nanostructured conductive polymers have been realized. This Tutorial review describes the synthesis and characteristics of different conductive polymer nanostructures; presents the representative applications of nanostructured conductive polymers as active electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors and lithium-ion batteries and new perspectives of functional materials for next-generation high-energy batteries, meanwhile discusses the general design rules, advantages, and limitations of nanostructured conductive polymers in the energy storage field; and provides new insights into future directions. PMID:26119242

  20. Integration of conducting polymer network in non-conductive polymer substrates

    Hansen, Thomas Steen; West, Keld; Hassager, Ole;

    2006-01-01

    Anew method for integration ofconjugated, inherently conducting polymers into non-conductive polymer substrates has been developed. Alayer of the conducting polymer is polymerised by chemical oxidation, e.g. using Fe(ID) p-toluene sulfonate (ferri tosylate) followed by washing with a solvent which...... simultaneously removes residual and spent oxidant and at the same time dissolves the top layer of the polymer substrate. This results in an integration of the conducting polymer into the surface layers of the polymer substrate. Several combinations of conducting polymers and substrates have been tested, with...... absorption during sequential reactive ion etching has allowed for analysis of the PEDOT distribution within the surface layer of thePMMA substrate. The surface resistance ofthe conducting polymer layer remains low while the surface layer at the same time adapts some of the mechanical properties of the...

  1. Colloidal transparent conducting oxide nanocrystals: A new infrared plasmonic material

    Bharat Tandon; Aswathi Ashok; Angshuman Nag

    2015-06-01

    Thin films of transparent conducting oxides (TCO) are technologically important for applications as a visible light transparent electrode in a wide variety of optoelectronic devices. In the last few years, researchers started to explore novel size- and shape-dependent properties of TCO, where the crystallite size is ∼10 nm. So far, the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties of TCO nanocrystals (NCs) have been found to be the most interesting. TCOs like Sn-doped In2O3, Al-doped ZnO and In-doped CdO NCs, exhibit LSPR band in near- to mid-infrared region. LSPR from a TCO NC exhibits many intrinsic differences with that of a metal NC. Carrier density in a TCO NC can easily be tuned by controlling the dopant concentration, which allows the LSPR band to be tuned over a range of ∼2000 nm (∼0.62 eV) in the near- to mid-infrared region. This review discusses recent advances in the understanding of plasmonic properties of various TCO NCs and highlights the potential applications of such unique plasmonic properties.

  2. Conductive polymer/superconductor bilayer structures

    The preparation of a hybrid conducting polymer/high-temperature superconductor device consisting of a polypyrrole-coated YBa2Cu3O7-∂ microbridge is reported. Electrochemical techniques are exploited to alter the oxidation state of the polymer and, in doing so, it is found for the first time that superconductivity can be modulated in a controllable and reproducible fashion by a polymer layer. Whereas the neutral (insulating) polypyrrole only slightly influences the electrical properties of the underlying YBa2Cu3O7-∂ film, the oxidized (conductive) polymer depresses Tc by up to 50K. In a similar fashion, the oxidation state of the polymer is found to modulate reversibly the magnitude of Jc, the superconducting critical current. Thus, a new type of molecular switch for controlling superconductivity is demonstrated. Electrochemical, resistance vs. temperature, conact resistance, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy measurements are utilized to explore the polymer/superconductor interactions

  3. CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS AS ELECTRODE MATERIALS

    Armand, M.

    1983-01-01

    Polyacetylene and its related polymers are amphoteric insertion compounds accomodating both cations and anions. This property make them ideal candidates for electrochemical energy storage. However the electrochemistry of these compounds is not fully clarified and the main remaining problems are evoked here.

  4. Soliton electric generators based on conducting polymers

    Iodide doping produces charge carriers in π-conjugated polymers. Motivated by the SSH theoretical model of solitons in one-dimensional conjugated polymers, chemical doping of polyacetylene film is experimentally carried out to generate solitons. An Arago-type wheel electric generator is assembled based on the doped polyacetylene in place of a copper or aluminium plate. This is the first report of electric generation in conducting polymers based on solitons

  5. Electronically conducting polymers with silver grains

    Murphy, Oliver J. (Inventor); Hitchens, G. Duncan (Inventor); Hodko, Dolibor (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    The present invention provides electronically conducting polymer films formed from photosensitive formulations of pyrrole and an electron acceptor that have been selectively exposed to UV light, laser light, or electron beams. The formulations may include photoinitiators, flexibilizers, solvents and the like. These solutions can be used in applications including printed circuit boards and through-hole plating and enable direct metallization processes on non-conducting substrates. After forming the conductive polymer patterns, a printed wiring board can be formed by sensitizing the polymer with palladium and electrolytically depositing copper.

  6. Interpenetrating networks of two conducting polymers

    Winther-Jensen, Bjørn; West, Keld

    2005-01-01

    Interpenetrating networks (IPNs) of two conjugated polymers are prepared by a combination of a chemical oxidation step and a vapour phase polymerisation step on non-conducting surfaces. In this work ferric tosylate was used as the oxidant as it gives very smooth and homogeneous coatings, and beca......Interpenetrating networks (IPNs) of two conjugated polymers are prepared by a combination of a chemical oxidation step and a vapour phase polymerisation step on non-conducting surfaces. In this work ferric tosylate was used as the oxidant as it gives very smooth and homogeneous coatings......, and because its reaction products can be removed efficiently after the formation of the composite. Several combinations of polymers are demonstrated, and the versatility of the proposed method allows extensions to a wide range of conjugated polymers. The IPNs show optical and electrochemical characteristics......, which are sums of the characteristics from the participating conducting polymers....

  7. Application of conducting polymers to electroanalysis

    Josowicz, M.A.

    1994-04-01

    Conducting polymers can be used as sensitive layers in chemical microsensors leading to new applications of theses devices. They offer the potential for developing material properties that are critical to the sensor sensitivity, selectivity and fabrication. The advantages and limitations of the use of thin polymer layers in electrochemical sensors are discussed.

  8. Gyroid nanoporous scaffold for conductive polymers

    Guo, Fengxiao; Schulte, Lars; Zhang, Weimin;

    2011-01-01

    Conductive nanoporous polymers with interconnected large surface area have been prepared by depositing polypyrrole onto nanocavity walls of nanoporous 1,2-polybutadiene films with gyroid morphology. Vapor phase polymerization of pyrrole was used to generate ultrathin films and prevent pore blocking....... The resulting nanoporous polymers exhibited a promising electroactivity....

  9. How Fast Should Polymer/Drug Nanocrystal Dispersions Be Frozen?

    Lee, Jonghwi; Park, Chul Ho

    2006-03-01

    Recent advances in nanoparticle technologies have significantly enhanced the oral and parenteral delivery of poorly water-soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). However, reports have been limited on the various drying procedures to convert a liquid nanocrystal dispersions into solid dosage forms. The solid dosage form should consist of nanocrystals that can readily reconstitute into their original size upon dissolution in water. Herein, the freeze drying process of nanocrystal dispersions was examined at varying freezing rates (speed of freezing interface). As freezing rate decreases, more particle-particle aggregation developed. A critical freezing rate, below which the dried nanocrystals cannot be re-dispersed, was identified based on the plot of the particle size of reconstituted nanocrystals versus freezing rate. Freeze drying at a freezing rate near the critical value produces dry powders of bimodal particle size distribution after re-dispersion. In addition, API concentration was found to significantly affect the critical freezing rate and therefore the re-dispersibility of dry powders. The concept of critical freezing rate is critical for the development of solid dosage forms of liquid nanocrystal dispersions. [1] J. Lee, Drug nano- and microparticles processed into solid dosage forms: physical properties, J. Pharm. Sci., 92(10) (2003) 2057-2068.

  10. Conducting polymer based biomolecular electronic devices

    B D Malhotra; Rahul Singhal

    2003-08-01

    Biomolecular electronics is rapidly evolving from physics, chemistry, biology, electronics and information technology. Organic materials such as proteins, pigments and conducting polymers have been considered as alternatives for carrying out the functions that are presently being performed by semiconductor silicon. Conducting polymers such as polypyrroles, polythiophenes and polyanilines have been projected for applications for a wide range of biomolecular electronic devices such as optical, electronic, drug-delivery, memory and biosensing devices. Our group has been actively working towards the application of conducting polymers to Schottky diodes, metal–insulator–semiconductor (MIS) devices and biosensors for the past 10 years. This paper is a review of some of the results obtained at our laboratory in the area of conducting polymer biomolecular electronics.

  11. Engineering thermal conductivity in polymer blends

    Rashidi, Vahid; Coyle, Eleanor; Kieffer, John; Pipe, Kevin

    Weak inter-chain bonding in polymers is believed to be a bottleneck for both thermal conductivity and mechanical strength. Most polymers have low thermal conductivity (~0.1 W/mK), hindering their performance in applications for which thermal management is critical (e.g., electronics packaging). In this work, we use computational methods to study how hydrogen bonding between polymer chains as well as water content can be used to engineer thermal transport in bulk polymers. We examine how changes in the number of hydrogen bonds, chain elongation, density, and vibrational density of states correlate with changes in thermal conductivity for polymer blends composed of different relative constituent fractions. We also consider the effects of bond strength, tacticity, and polymer chain mass. For certain blend fractions, we observe large increases in thermal conductivity, and we analyze these increases in terms of modifications to chain chemistry (e.g., inter-chain bonding) and chain morphology (e.g., chain alignment and radius of gyration). We observe that increasing the number of hydrogen bonds in the system results in better packing as well as better chain alignment and elongation that contribute to enhanced thermal conductivity. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Grant No. FA9550-14-1-0010.

  12. Radiation-induced doping of conducting polymers

    Conducting polymers have the potential form many applications in electronics. The various patterns of doped regions of conducting polymers should be generated for the applications. Doping of conducting polymers is achieved by contact of the polymer with dopant or electrochemically. By these methods, doping occurs in the entire area exposed to the dopant. It is necessary to combine these doping techniques with lithography for achieving the patterned doping. Radiation-induced doping effects of conducting polymers have been reported. The doping is performed by irradiation of polymers in an atmosphere of gases, which do not react without irradiation, such as CH3Br, SF6, and N2O. If only the irradiated area was doped, patterned doping could be achieved without using lithography technique. We have elucidated the mechanism of the radiation-induced doping. The electrical conductivity was increased by irradiation the gas near the polymer film without irradiating the film itself. This result indicates that dopants were generated upon irradiation in the gas phase and the dopants react with the polymer. Hence, the pattern of doping is blurred by this method. We then developed another method of radiation-induced doping. Solid dopant precursor was coated on the polymer, and irradiation was performed. Figure 1 shows the results for poly(3-octylhitophene)(P3OT) by this method. A film of poly(3-octylthiophene) was prepared by spin coating from a solution of tetrahydrofuran on a quartz plate. The thickness of the film was approximately 100 nm. The polymer film was dried overnight at 80 degree C in a vacuum, and Au electrodes were evaporated on the films for electrical conductivity measurements. Saturated solution of 1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in 1-bromopropane was dropped on the film and dried at room temperature in a vacuum. The film was put in a vacuum chamber, which has a 0.2-mm-thick Be window. X rays entered through the Be window, and the films were irradiated

  13. Molecular-Level Switching of Polymer/Nanocrystal Non-Covalent Interactions and Application in Hybrid Solar Cells

    Giansante, Carlo; Mastria, Rosanna; Lerario, Giovanni; Moretti, Luca; Kriegel, Ilka; Scotognella, Francesco; Lanzani, Guglielmo; Carallo, Sonia; Esposito, Marco; Biasiucci, Mariano; Rizzo, Aurora; Gigli, Giuseppe

    2013-01-01

    Hy brid composites obtained upon blending conjugated polymers and colloidal inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals are regarded as attractive photo-active materials for optoelectronic applications. Here we demonstrate that tailoring nanocrystal surface chemistry permits to exert control on non-covalent bonding and electronic interactions between organic and inorganic components. The pendant moieties of organic ligands at the nanocrystal surface do not merely confer colloidal stability while hin...

  14. Determination of Concentration of Amphiphilic Polymer Molecules on the Surface of Encapsulated Semiconductor Nanocrystals.

    Fedosyuk, Aleksandra; Radchanka, Aliaksandra; Antanovich, Artsiom; Prudnikau, Anatol; Kvach, Maksim V; Shmanai, Vadim; Artemyev, Mikhail

    2016-03-01

    We present a method for the determination of the average number of polymer molecules on the surface of A(II)B(VI) luminescent core-shell nanocrystals (CdSe/ZnS, ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots, and CdS/ZnS nanorods) encapsulated with amphiphilic polymer. Poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-tetradecene) (PMAT) was quantitatively labeled with amino-derivative of fluorescein and the average amount of PMAT molecules per single nanocrystal was determined using optical absorption of the dye in the visible spectral range. The average amount of PMAT molecules grows linearly with the surface area of all studied nanocrystals. However, the surface density of the monomer units increases nonlinearly with the surface area, because of the increased competition between PMAT molecules for Zn-hexanethiol surface binding sites. The average value of zeta potential (ζ = -35 mV) was found to be independent of the size, shape, and chemical composition of nanocrystals at fixed buffer parameters (carbonate-bicarbonate buffer, pH 9.5 and 5 mM ionic strength). This finding is expected to be useful for the determination of the surface density of remaining carboxyl groups in PMAT-encapsulated nanocrystals. PMID:26866303

  15. Tactile Sensors Based on Conductive Polymers

    Macicior, Haritz; Sikora, Tomasz; Ochoteco, Estíbalitz; Castellanos Ramos, Julián; Navas González, Rafael Jesús; Vidal Verdú, Fernando

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents results from a selection of tactile sensors that have been designed and fabricated. These sensors are based on a common approach that consists in placing a sheet of piezoresistive material on the top of a set of electrodes. We use a thin film of conductive polymer as the piezoresistive mate¬rial. Specifically, a conductive water-based ink of this polymer is deposited by spin coating on a flexible plastic sheet, giving it a smooth, homogeneous and conducting thin film. The ...

  16. Proton Conducting Polymer Electrolytes and Its Applications

    S. Selvasekarapandian; G. Hirankumar; R. Baskaran; M.S. Bhuvaneswari

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Proton conducting solid polymer electrolytes have been extensively studied due to their potential applications in electrochemical devices such as batteries, super capacitors, electrochromic windows, sensors etc[1,2]Many researchers have studied the behaviour of inorganic based polymer electrolytes as proton conductors and their applications in solid state devices at room temperature[3]. But, inorganic acid doped electrolytes have some serious disadvantages like corrosion towards the electrode and hazardous. Hence, there is need for searching new electrolyte which is stable towards the electrode. It has been reported that the ammonium salts which behaves like alkali metal salt are good dopant to the polymer matrix[4, 5] for the development of proton conducting polymer electrolyte. The proton conductors based on poly (ethylene oxide)[6], poly (ethylene succinate)[7], poly (ethylene glycol)[8], as host matrix doped with ammonium salt have already been reported.

  17. Thin functional conducting polymer films

    Tian, S.

    2005-01-01

    In the present study, thin functional conducting polyaniline (PANI) films, either doped or undoped, patterned or unpatterned, were prepared by different approaches. The properties of the obtained PANI films were investigated in detail by a combination of electrochemistry with several other techniques, such as SPR, QCM, SPFS, diffraction, etc. The sensing applications (especially biosensing applications) of the prepared PANI films were explored. Firstly, the pure PANI films were prepar...

  18. Light-emitting diodes made from cadmium selenide nanocrystals and a semiconducting polymer

    Colvin, V. L.; Schlamp, M. C.; Alivisatos, A. P.

    1994-08-01

    ELECTROLUMINESCENT devices have been developed recently that are based on new materials such as porous silicon1 and semiconducting polymers2,3. By taking advantage of developments in the preparation and characterization of direct-gap semiconductor nanocrystals4-6, and of electroluminescent polymers7, we have now constructed a hybrid organic/inorganic electroluminescent device. Light emission arises from the recombination of holes injected into a layer of semiconducting p-paraphenylene vinylene (PPV)8-10 with electrons injected into a multilayer film of cadmium selenide nanocrystals. Close matching of the emitting layer of nanocrystals with the work function of the metal contact leads to an operating voltage11 of only 4V. At low voltages emission from the CdSe layer occurs. Because of the quantum size effect19-24 the colour of this emission can be varied from red to yellow by changing the nanocrystal size. At higher voltages green emission from the polymer layer predominates. Thus this device has a degree of voltage tunability of colour.

  19. Temperature dependence of conductivity measurement for conducting polymer

    Gutierrez, Leandro; Duran, Jesus; Isah, Anne; Albers, Patrick; McDougall, Michael; Wang, Weining

    2014-03-01

    Conducting polymer-based solar cells are the newest generation solar cells. While research on this area has been progressing, the efficiency is still low because certain important parameters of the solar cell are still not well understood. It is of interest to study the temperature dependence of the solar cell parameters, such as conductivity of the polymer, open circuit voltage, and reverse saturation current to gain a better understanding on the solar cells. In this work, we report our temperature dependence of conductivity measurement using our in-house temperature-varying apparatus. In this project, we designed and built a temperature varying apparatus using a thermoelectric cooler module which gives enough temperature range as we need and costs much less than a cryostat. The set-up of the apparatus will be discussed. Temperature dependence of conductivity measurements for PEDOT:PSS films with different room-temperature conductivity will be compared and discussed. NJSGC-NASA Fellowship grant

  20. Direct synthesis of PbS nanocrystals capped with 4-fluorothiophenol in semiconducting polymer

    We report on a simple chemical route to directly synthesize PbS nanocrystals capped with 4-fluorothiophenol in poly[2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] semiconducting polymer. An intermediate composite, which has been characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, has been synthesized to be used as nanocrystal precursor that contains both the metal and capping agent. Transmission electron microscopy images show that good quality nanoparticles with a mean size of ∼5 nm are obtained with this method. Optical absorption measurements show that the absorption band of the polymer is extended as the PbS nanoparticles are included. Photoluminescence of the polymer becomes partially quenched as the concentration of the nanoparticles is increased in the composite.

  1. Conducting polymers: Synthesis and industrial applications

    Gottesfeld, S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM (United States)

    1995-05-01

    The Conducting Polymer project funded by the AIM Materials Program is developing new methods for the synthesis of electronically conducting polymers and is evaluating new industrial applications for these materials which will result in significant reductions in energy usage or industrial waste. The applications specifically addressed during FY 1994 are electrochemical capacitors and membranes for gas separation. As an active material in electrochemical capacitors, conducting polymers have the potential of storing large amounts of electrical energy in low cost materials. Such devices are needed in electronics for power failure back-up and peak power, in power supplies for filtering, and in electric vehicles for peak power and load leveling. As a gas electrically adapt the membrane for specific gas combinations. Potential energy savings in the US. for this application are estimated at 1 to 3 quads/yr.

  2. Enhanced luminescence in metal/ (conducting polymer) nanocomposites

    Full text: We will discuss the ELINOR effect, the Enhanced Luminescence of INorganic and ORganic origin, which we recently identified in different (noble metal)/(conducting polymer) nanocomposites. The intense fluorescence of these composites can be pinned down to a synergic interaction between the plasmonic response of the nanostructured metallic aggregate and the electronic relaxation offered by the conducting polymer chains. We have shown that by careful control of the preparation conditions we can tune both the intensity and the wavelength of the emission maximum. We will discuss possible applications of these nanocomposites as molecular biomarkers (where we exploit the electrical affinity between conducting polymer chains and DNA molecules) and in the increase of efficiency of photovoltaic devices and solid state displays. Preliminary results of the ELINOR effect as a tool for rapid diagnosis of viral diseases and genetic polymorphisms will be also presented

  3. Conducting polymers: Synthesis and industrial applications

    Gottesfeld, S. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1997-04-01

    The Conducting Polymer project funded by the AIM Program has developed new methods for the synthesis of conducting polymers and evaluated new industrial applications for these materials which will result in significant reductions in energy usage or industrial waste. The applications specifically addressed during FY 1996 included two ongoing efforts on membranes for gas separation and on electrochemical capacitors and a third new application: electrochemical reactors (ECRs) based on polymeric electrolytes. As a gas separation membrane, conducting polymers offer high selectivity and the potential to chemically or electrically adapt the membrane for specific gas combinations. Potential energy savings in the US for this application are estimated at 1 to 3 quads/yr. As an active material in electrochemical capacitors, electronically conducting polymers have the potential of storing large amounts of electric energy in low cost materials. Potential energy savings estimated at 1 quad/yr would result from introduction of electrochemical capacitors as energy storage devices in power trains of electric and hybrid vehicles, once such vehicles reach 20% of the total transportation market in the US. In the chlor-alkali industry, electrochemical reactors based on polymer electrolyte membranes consume around 1 % of the total electric power in the US. A new activity, started in FY 1996, is devoted to energy efficient ECRs. In the case of the chlor-alkali industry, energy savings as high as 50% seem possible with the novel ECR technology demonstrated by the author in 1996.

  4. Conductive Polymer Functionalization by Click Chemistry

    Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hvilsted, Søren; Hansen, Thomas Steen;

    2008-01-01

    Click chemistry is used to obtain new conductive polymer films based on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) from a new azide functional monomer. Postpolymerization, 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions in DMF, using a catalyst system of CUS04 and sodium ascorbate, and different alkynes are performed to...... functionalize films of PEDOT-N3 and copolymers prepared from EDOT-N3 and 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT). This approach enables new functionalities on PEDOT that could otherwise not withstand the polymerization conditions. Reactions on the thin polymer films have been optimized using an alkynated fluorophore......, with reaction times of '"'-'20 h. The applicability of the method is illustrated by coupling of two other alkynes: a short chain fluorocarbon and a MPEG 5000 to the conductive polymer; this alters the advancing water contact angle of the surface by +20° and -20°/-25°, respectively. The targeted...

  5. Nanomembranes and Nanofibers from Biodegradable Conducting Polymers

    Jordi Puiggalí

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This review provides a current status report of the field concerning preparation of fibrous mats based on biodegradable (e.g., aliphatic polyesters such as polylactide or polycaprolactone and conducting polymers (e.g., polyaniline, polypirrole or polythiophenes. These materials have potential biomedical applications (e.g., tissue engineering or drug delivery systems and can be combined to get free-standing nanomembranes and nanofibers that retain the better properties of their corresponding individual components. Systems based on biodegradable and conducting polymers constitute nowadays one of the most promising solutions to develop advanced materials enable to cover aspects like local stimulation of desired tissue, time controlled drug release and stimulation of either the proliferation or differentiation of various cell types. The first sections of the review are focused on a general overview of conducting and biodegradable polymers most usually employed and the explanation of the most suitable techniques for preparing nanofibers and nanomembranes (i.e., electrospinning and spin coating. Following sections are organized according to the base conducting polymer (e.g., Sections 4–6 describe hybrid systems having aniline, pyrrole and thiophene units, respectively. Each one of these sections includes specific subsections dealing with applications in a nanofiber or nanomembrane form. Finally, miscellaneous systems and concluding remarks are given in the two last sections.

  6. Mechanically stiff, electrically conductive composites of polymers and carbon nanotubes

    Worsley, Marcus A.; Kucheyev, Sergei O.; Baumann, Theodore F.; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Satcher, Jr., Joe H.; Hamza, Alex V.

    2015-07-21

    Using SWNT-CA as scaffolds to fabricate stiff, highly conductive polymer (PDMS) composites. The SWNT-CA is immersing in a polymer resin to produce a SWNT-CA infiltrated with a polymer resin. The SWNT-CA infiltrated with a polymer resin is cured to produce the stiff and electrically conductive composite of carbon nanotube aerogel and polymer.

  7. Intrinsically conductive polymer thin film piezoresistors

    Lillemose, Michael; Spieser, Martin; Christiansen, N.O.;

    2008-01-01

    We report on the piezoresistive effect in the intrinsically conductive polymer, polyaniline. A process recipe for indirect patterning of thin film polyaniline has been developed. Using a specially designed chip, the polyaniline thin films have been characterised with respect to resistivity and...... strain sensitivity using two- and four-point measurement method. We have found that polyaniline has a negative gauge factor of K = -4.9, which makes it a candidate for piezoresistive read-out in polymer based MEMS-devices. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  8. Ion-Conducting Organic/Inorganic Polymers

    Kinder, James D.; Meador, Mary Ann B.

    2007-01-01

    Ion-conducting polymers that are hybrids of organic and inorganic moieties and that are suitable for forming into solid-electrolyte membranes have been invented in an effort to improve upon the polymeric materials that have been used previously for such membranes. Examples of the prior materials include perfluorosulfonic acid-based formulations, polybenzimidazoles, sulfonated polyetherketone, sulfonated naphthalenic polyimides, and polyethylene oxide (PEO)-based formulations. Relative to the prior materials, the polymers of the present invention offer greater dimensional stability, greater ease of formation into mechanically resilient films, and acceptably high ionic conductivities over wider temperature ranges. Devices in which films made of these ion-conducting organic/inorganic polymers could be used include fuel cells, lithium batteries, chemical sensors, electrochemical capacitors, electrochromic windows and display devices, and analog memory devices. The synthesis of a polymer of this type (see Figure 1) starts with a reaction between an epoxide-functionalized alkoxysilane and a diamine. The product of this reaction is polymerized by hydrolysis and condensation of the alkoxysilane group, producing a molecular network that contains both organic and inorganic (silica) links. The silica in the network contributes to the ionic conductivity and to the desired thermal and mechanical properties. Examples of other diamines that have been used in the reaction sequence of Figure 1 are shown in Figure 2. One can use any of these diamines or any combination of them in proportions chosen to impart desired properties to the finished product. Alternatively or in addition, one could similarly vary the functionality of the alkoxysilane to obtain desired properties. The variety of available alkoxysilanes and diamines thus affords flexibility to optimize the organic/inorganic polymer for a given application.

  9. Strategies for interfacing inorganic nanocrystals with biological systems based on polymer-coating.

    Palui, Goutam; Aldeek, Fadi; Wang, Wentao; Mattoussi, Hedi

    2015-01-01

    Interfacing inorganic nanoparticles and biological systems with the aim of developing novel imaging and sensing platforms has generated great interest and much activity. However, the effectiveness of this approach hinges on the ability of the surface ligands to promote water-dispersion of the nanoparticles with long term colloidal stability in buffer media. These surface ligands protect the nanostructures from the harsh biological environment, while allowing coupling to target molecules, which can be biological in nature (e.g., proteins and peptides) or exhibit specific photo-physical characteristics (e.g., a dye or a redox-active molecule). Amphiphilic block polymers have provided researchers with versatile molecular platforms with tunable size, composition and chemical properties. Hence, several groups have developed a wide range of polymers as ligands or micelle capsules to promote the transfer of a variety of inorganic nanomaterials to buffer media (including magnetic nanoparticles and semiconductor nanocrystals) and render them biocompatible. In this review, we first summarize the established synthetic routes to grow high quality nanocrystals of semiconductors, metals and metal oxides. We then provide a critical evaluation of the recent developments in the design, optimization and use of various amphiphilic copolymers to surface functionalize the above nanocrystals, along with the strategies used to conjugate them to target biomolecules. We finally conclude by providing a summary of the most promising applications of these polymer-coated inorganic platforms in sensor design, and imaging of cells and tissues. PMID:25029116

  10. Structure and Conductivity of Semiconducting Polymer Hydrogels

    Huber, Rachel C.; Ferreira, Amy S.; Aguirre, Jordan C.; Kilbride, Daniel; Toso, Daniel B.; Mayoral, Kenny; Zhou, Z. Hong; Kopidakis, Nikos; Rubin, Yves; Schwartz, Benjamin J.; Mason, Thomas G.; Tolbert, Sarah H.

    2016-07-07

    Poly(fluorene-alt-thiophene) (PFT) is a conjugated polyelectrolyte that self-assembles into rod-like micelles in water, with the conjugated polymer backbone running along the length of the micelle. At modest concentrations (-10 mg/mL in aqueous solutions), PFT forms hydrogels, and this work focuses on understanding the structure and intermolecular interactions in those gel networks. The network structure can be directly visualized using cryo electron microscopy. Oscillatory rheology studies further tell us about connectivity within the gel network, and the data are consistent with a picture where polymer chains bridge between micelles to hold the network together. Addition of tetrahydrofuran (THF) to the gels breaks those connections, but once the THF is removed, the gel becomes stronger than it was before, presumably due to the creation of a more interconnected nanoscale architecture. Small polymer oligomers can also passivate the bridging polymer chains, breaking connections between micelles and dramatically weakening the hydrogel network. Fits to solution-phase small-angle X-ray scattering data using a Dammin bead model support the hypothesis of a bridging connection between PFT micelles, even in dilute aqueous solutions. Finally, time-resolved microwave conductivity measurements on dried samples show an increase in carrier mobility after THF annealing of the PFT gel, likely due to increased connectivity within the polymer network.

  11. Polarons and irradiation conductivity of polymer materials

    The theoretical description of irradiation conductivity of polymer materials has for a long time lagged behind the requirements for practical applications and the theory has not developed to the point of explaining the accumulated experimental data. The only model deserving discussion is the Rose-Fowler-Waisberg model, formulated more than 30 years ago. One of the main initial assumptions of this model is that the material is uniform and isotropic. Real polymer materials, however, have a complicated heterogeneous structure, which should significantly influence their electrophysical characteristics. For example, it has been established that amorphous a tactic polystyrene contains uniform blocks (domains) up to 3 nm in size with close-range order and high density and the space between the blocks contains much more loosely packed intercallations in which the short-range order of the molecular packing is destroyed. Loosely packed intercallations are also present in crystalline polymer materials. Evidence for the existence of bipolarons in irradiated polymer material is provided mainly by the results of analysis of experimental data on the EPR and optical absorption spectra and the spectra of thermally stimulated currents in irradiated polystyrene. The analysis performed in this work still does not prove convincingly that irradiated polystyrene contains bipolarons and that bipolarons play a significant role in the formation of the irradiation conduction current. This is because the characteristic features of bipolaron formation in polymer materials have not been adequately studied. However, existing theoretical ideas and comparison of these ideas with experimental data on EPR and optical-absorption spectra as well as other effects in irradiated polystyrene are already sufficient grounds for concluding that bipolarons cannot be neglected in the construction of physical and mathematical models of irradiation conduction current

  12. Ion conducting organic/inorganic hybrid polymers

    Meador, Maryann B. (Inventor); Kinder, James D. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    This invention relates to a series of organic/inorganic hybrid polymers that are easy to fabricate into dimensionally stable films with good ion-conductivity over a wide range of temperatures for use in a variety of applications. The polymers are prepared by the reaction of amines, preferably diamines and mixtures thereof with monoamines with epoxy-functionalized alkoxysilanes. The products of the reaction are polymerized by hydrolysis of the alkoxysilane groups to produce an organic-containing silica network. Suitable functionality introduced into the amine and alkoxysilane groups produce solid polymeric membranes which conduct ions for use in fuel cells, high-performance solid state batteries, chemical sensors, electrochemical capacitors, electro-chromic windows or displays, analog memory devices and the like.

  13. Smart Surface Chemistries of Conducting Polymers

    Lind, Johan Ulrik

    In this thesis we investigate post-polymerization covalent modifications of poly(3,4-dioxythiophene (PEDOT)-type conducting polymers. The aim of the modifications is to gain specific control of the interaction between the material and living mammalian cells. The use of “click-chemistry” to modify......-N3 thin film substrates. Complementing these findings, we introduce a novel technique for fabricating surface chemical gradients on PEDOT-N3 substrates. The technique is based on applying “electro-click chemistry” to locally induce covalent modifications. Further supplementing these results, we...... fabrication of dense poly-ethylene-glycol-coatings of the conducting polymer substrates. These coatings render the substrates resistant to protein adsorption. Hence, the choice of solvent is found to be a key parameter for achieving functional post-polymerization modifications of PEDOT-N3. The methods...

  14. Functional composite coatings containing conducting polymers

    Jafarzadeh, Shadi

    2014-01-01

    Organic coatings are widely used to lower the corrosion rate of metallic structures. However, penetration of water, oxygen and corrosive ions through pores present in the coating results in corrosion initiation and propagation once these species reach the metal substrate. Considering the need for systems that offer active protection with self-healing functionality, composite coatings containing polyaniline (PANI) conducting polymer are proposed in this study. In the first phase of my work, PA...

  15. Formulation of anticorrosive paints employing conducting polymers

    Martí Barroso, Mireia

    2013-01-01

    The intention and purpose of the present thesis is to prepare a series of protective coatings using some conducting polymers (CPs) as corrosion inhibitors. The use of organic paints is the most common method for corrosion prevention. Anticorrosive coatings form a class of high-performance systems with a very wide range of applications and being classified in two broad groups: heavy-duty coatings, for high performance, and light-duty coatings, for medium performance. The first class being requ...

  16. Electrochromic window with lithium conductive polymer electrolyte

    Baudry, Paul; Aegerter, Michel A.; Deroo, Daniel; Valla, Bruno

    1991-01-01

    An electrochromic window was built using WO3 as the electrochromic material and V2O5 as the counter-electrode. Both were deposited onto ITO coated glass panes by vacuum evaporation and were amorphous to X-ray diffraction. The electrolyte was a lithium conducting polymer constituted by a Poly (ethylene oxide) - lithium salt complex. The electrochemical characterization of electrodes was realized by cyclic voltammetry, coulometric titration, and impedance spectroscopy, which allowd the determin...

  17. Nanomembranes and nanofibers from biodegradable conducting polymers

    Jordi Puiggalí; Carlos Alemán; Luís Javier del Valle; Elaine Armelin; María del Mar Pérez-Madrigal; Elena Llorens

    2013-01-01

    This review provides a current status report of the field concerning preparation of fibrous mats based on biodegradable (e. g., aliphatic polyesters such as polylactide or polycaprolactone) and conducting polymers (e. g., polyaniline, polypirrole or polythiophenes). These materials have potential biomedical applications (e. g., tissue engineering or drug delivery systems) and can be combined to get free-standing nanomembranes and nanofibers that retain the better properties of their correspon...

  18. The Organic Chemistry of Conducting Polymers

    Tolbert, Laren Malcolm [Georgia Institute of Technology

    2014-12-01

    For the last several years, we have examined the fundamental principles of conduction in one-dimensional systems, i.e., molecular “wires”. It is, of course, widely recognized that such systems, as components of electronically conductive materials, function in a two- and three-dimensional milieu. Thus interchain hopping and grain-boundary resistivity are limiting conductivity factors in highly conductive materials, and overall conductivity is a function of through-chain and boundary hopping. We have given considerable attention to the basic principles underlying charge transport (the “rules of the game”) in two-dimensional systems by using model systems which allow direct observation of such processes, including the examination of tunneling and hopping as components of charge transfer. In related work, we have spent considerable effort on the chemistry of conjugated heteropolymers, most especially polythiophens, with the aim of using these most efficient of readily available electroactive polymers in photovoltaic devices.

  19. Tactile sensors based on conductive polymers

    Castellanos-Ramos, Julian; Navas-Gonzalez, Rafael; Macicior, Haritz; Ochoteco, Estibalitz; Vidal-Verdú, Fernando

    2009-05-01

    This paper presents results from a few tactile sensors we have designed and fabricated. These sensors are based on a common approach that consists of placing a sheet of piezoresistive material on the top of a set of electrodes. If a force is exerted against the surface of the so obtained sensor, the contact area between the electrodes and the piezoresistive material changes. Therefore, the resistance at the interface changes. This is exploited as transconduction principle to measure forces and build advanced tactile sensors. For this purpose, we use a thin film of conductive polymers as the piezoresistive material. Specifically, a conductive water-based ink of these polymers is deposited by spin coating on a flexible plastic sheet, giving as a result a smooth, homogeneous and conducting thin film on it. The main interest in this procedure is it is cheap and it allows the fabrication of flexible and low cost tactile sensors. In this work we present results from sensors made with two technologies. First, we have used a Printed Circuit Board technology to fabricate the set of electrodes and addressing tracks. Then we have placed the flexible plastic sheet with the conductive polymer film on them to obtain the sensor. The result is a simple, flexible tactile sensor. In addition to these sensors on PCB, we have proposed, designed and fabricated sensors with a screen printing technology. In this case, the set of electrodes and addressing tracks are made by printing an ink based on silver nanoparticles. There is a very interesting difference with the other sensors, that consists of the use of an elastomer as insulation material between conductive layers. Besides of its role as insulator, this elastomer allows the modification of the force versus resistance relationship. It also improves the dynamic response of the sensor because it implements a restoration force that helps the sensor to relax quicker when the force is taken off.

  20. Electrochemical Analysis of Conducting Polymer Thin Films

    Bin Wang

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Polyelectrolyte multilayers built via the layer-by-layer (LbL method has been one of the most promising systems in the field of materials science. Layered structures can be constructed by the adsorption of various polyelectrolyte species onto the surface of a solid or liquid material by means of electrostatic interaction. The thickness of the adsorbed layers can be tuned precisely in the nanometer range. Stable, semiconducting thin films are interesting research subjects. We use a conducting polymer, poly(p-phenylene vinylene (PPV, in the preparation of a stable thin film via the LbL method. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been used to characterize the ionic conductivity of the PPV multilayer films. The ionic conductivity of the films has been found to be dependent on the polymerization temperature. The film conductivity can be fitted to a modified Randle’s circuit. The circuit equivalent calculations are performed to provide the diffusion coefficient values.

  1. Spatially Selective Functionalization of Conducting Polymers by "Electroclick" Chemistry

    Hansen, Thomas Steen; Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hvilsted, Søren;

    2009-01-01

    Conducting polymer microelectrodes can electrochemically generate the catalyst required for their own functionalization by "click chemistry" with high spatial resolution. Interdigitated microelectrodes prepared from an azide-containing conducting polymer are selectively functionalized in sequence...

  2. Electrochemical characterization of aminated acrylic conducting polymer

    New attempt has been made to synthesize aminated acrylic conducting polymer (AACP) using precursor of phenylvinylsulfoxide (PVS). The process was conducted via the integration of microemulsion and photopolymerization techniques. It has been utilized for covalent immobilization of amino groups by the adding of N-achryiloxisuccinimide (NAS). Thermal eliminating of benzene sulfenic acids from PVS has been done at 250 °C to form electroactive polyacetylene (PA) segment. Characterization of AACP has been conducted using fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and linear sweep cyclic voltammetry (CV). A range of 0.3-1.25μm particle size obtained from SEM characterization. A quasi-reversible system performed as shown in electrochemical study

  3. Electrochemical characterization of aminated acrylic conducting polymer

    Rashid, Norma Mohammad; Heng, Lee Yook; Ling, Tan Ling

    2015-09-01

    New attempt has been made to synthesize aminated acrylic conducting polymer (AACP) using precursor of phenylvinylsulfoxide (PVS). The process was conducted via the integration of microemulsion and photopolymerization techniques. It has been utilized for covalent immobilization of amino groups by the adding of N-achryiloxisuccinimide (NAS). Thermal eliminating of benzene sulfenic acids from PVS has been done at 250 °C to form electroactive polyacetylene (PA) segment. Characterization of AACP has been conducted using fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and linear sweep cyclic voltammetry (CV). A range of 0.3-1.25μm particle size obtained from SEM characterization. A quasi-reversible system performed as shown in electrochemical study.

  4. Electrochemical characterization of aminated acrylic conducting polymer

    Rashid, Norma Mohammad [School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Lestari Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Heng, Lee Yook [School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Lestari Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative, Lestari Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Ling, Tan Ling [Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative, Lestari Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia)

    2015-09-25

    New attempt has been made to synthesize aminated acrylic conducting polymer (AACP) using precursor of phenylvinylsulfoxide (PVS). The process was conducted via the integration of microemulsion and photopolymerization techniques. It has been utilized for covalent immobilization of amino groups by the adding of N-achryiloxisuccinimide (NAS). Thermal eliminating of benzene sulfenic acids from PVS has been done at 250 °C to form electroactive polyacetylene (PA) segment. Characterization of AACP has been conducted using fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and linear sweep cyclic voltammetry (CV). A range of 0.3-1.25μm particle size obtained from SEM characterization. A quasi-reversible system performed as shown in electrochemical study.

  5. Phonon dispersion and thermal conductivity of nanocrystal superlattices using three-dimensional atomistic models

    Zanjani, Mehdi B.; Lukes, Jennifer R., E-mail: jrlukes@seas.upenn.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States)

    2014-04-14

    A computational study of thermal conductivity and phonon dispersion of gold nanocrystal superlattices is presented. Phonon dispersion curves, reported here for the first time from combined molecular dynamics and lattice dynamics calculations, show multiple phononic band gaps and consist of many more dispersion branches than simple atomic crystals. Fully atomistic three dimensional molecular dynamics calculations of thermal conductivity using the Green Kubo method are also performed for the first time on these materials. Thermal conductivity is observed to increase for increasing nanocrystal core size and decrease for increasing surface ligand density. Our calculations predict values in the range 0.1–1 W/m K that are consistent with reported experimental results.

  6. Enhanced ethylene separation and plasticization resistance in polymer membranes incorporating metal-organic framework nanocrystals

    Bachman, Jonathan E.; Smith, Zachary P.; Li, Tao; Xu, Ting; Long, Jeffrey R.

    2016-08-01

    The implementation of membrane-based separations in the petrochemical industry has the potential to reduce energy consumption significantly relative to conventional separation processes. Achieving this goal, however, requires the development of new membrane materials with greater selectivity, permeability and stability than available at present. Here, we report composite materials consisting of nanocrystals of metal-organic frameworks dispersed within a high-performance polyimide, which can exhibit enhanced selectivity for ethylene over ethane, greater ethylene permeability and improved membrane stability. Our results suggest that framework-polymer interactions reduce chain mobility of the polymer while simultaneously boosting membrane separation performance. The increased stability, or plasticization resistance, is expected to improve membrane utility under real process conditions for petrochemical separations and natural gas purification. Furthermore, this approach can be broadly applied to numerous polymers that encounter aggressive environments, potentially making gas separations possible that were previously inaccessible to membranes.

  7. Biomimetic electrochemistry from conducting polymers. A review

    Highlights: ► Composition and properties of conducting polymers change during reactions. ► These properties are being exploited to develop biomimetic reactive and soft devices. ► The state of the art for artificial muscles sensing working conditions was reviewed. ► Smart membranes, drug delivery devices and nervous interfaces were also reviewed. - Abstract: Films of conducting polymers in the presence of electrolytes can be oxidized or reduced by the flow of anodic or cathodic currents. Ions and solvent are exchanged during a reaction for charge and osmotic pressure balance. A reactive conducting polymer contains ions and solvent. Such variation of composition during a reaction is reminiscent of the biological processes in cells. Along changes to the composition of the material during a reaction, there are also changes to other properties, including: volume (electrochemomechanical), colour (electrochromic), stored charge (electrical storage), porosity or permselectivity (electroporosity), stored chemicals, wettability and so on. Most of those properties mimic similar property changes in organs during their functioning. These properties are being exploited to develop biomimetic reactive and soft devices: artificial muscles and polymeric actuators; supercapacitors and all organic batteries; smart membranes; electron-ion transducers; nervous interfaces and artificial synapses, or drug delivery devices. In this review we focus on the state of the art for artificial muscles, smart membranes and electron-ion transducers. The reactive nature of those devices provide them with a unique advantage related to the present days technologies: any changes in the surrounding physical or chemical variable acting on the electrochemical reaction rate will be sensed by the device while working. Working under constant current (driving signal), the evolution of the device potential or the evolution of the consumed electrical energy (sensing signals) senses and quantifies the

  8. Polymer composite material structures comprising carbon based conductive loads

    Jérôme, Robert; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Detrembleur, Christophe; Thomassin, Jean-Michel; Huynen, Isabelle; Bailly, Christian; Bednarz, Luikasz; Daussin, Raphaël; Saib, Aimad; Baudouin, Anne-Christine; Laloyaux, Xavier

    2007-01-01

    The present invention provides a polymer composite material structure comprising at least one layer of a foamed polymer composite material comprising a foamed polymer matrix and 0.1 wt % to 6 wt % carbon based conductive loads, such as e.g. carbon nanotubes, dispersed in the foamed polymer matrix. The polymer composite material structure according to embodiments of the present invention shows good shielding and absorbing properties notwithstanding the low amount of carbon based conductive loa...

  9. Polymer composite material structures comprising carbon based conductive loads

    Jérôme, Robert; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Detrembleur, Christophe; Thomassin, Jean-Michel; Huynen, Isabelle; Bailly, Christian; Bednarz, Lucasz; Daussin, Raphaël; Saib, Aimad

    2006-01-01

    The present invention provides a polymer composite material structure comprising at least one layer of a foamed polymer composite material comprising a foamed polymer matrix and 0.1 to 6 wt% carbon based conductive loads, such as e.g. carbon nanotubes, dispersed in the foamed polymer matrix. The polymer composite material structure according to embodiments of the present invention shows good shielding and absorbing properties notwithstanding the low amount of carbon based conductive loads. Th...

  10. Tailoring percolating conductive networks of natural rubber composites for flexible strain sensors via a cellulose nanocrystal templated assembly.

    Wang, Shuman; Zhang, Xinxing; Wu, Xiaodong; Lu, Canhui

    2016-01-21

    Conductive polymer composites (CPCs) just above the percolation threshold exhibit a unique strain-reversible electric response upon application of tensile strain, which can be used to prepare strain sensors. However, it is difficult to balance the electric conductivity which is fundamental to a stable output signal and the strain sensing sensitivity due to the relatively dense conductive pathways of the traditional CPCs. Constructing a "brittle" but effective conductive network structure in CPCs is the essential foundation of a desirable sensing material. Here, we demonstrate for the first time that highly flexible, stretchable, sensitive, and reversible strain sensors can be fabricated by a facile latex assembly approach, in which nontoxic, sustainable and biodegradable cellulose nanocrystals played a key role in tailoring the percolating network of conductive natural rubber (NR)/carbon nanotube (CNT) composites. The resulting nanocomposites with a continuous 3D conductive structure exhibited a very low electrical conductivity percolation threshold (4-fold lower than that of the conventional NR/CNT composites), high resistivity and sensitivity (gauge factor ≈ 43.5) and meanwhile good reproducibility of up to 100% strain. The proposed materials and principles in this study open up a novel practical approach to design high performance flexible sensors for a broad range of multifunctional applications. PMID:26542376

  11. Mechanisms of proton conductance in polymer electrolyte membranes

    Eikerling, M.; Kornyshev, A. A.; Kuznetsov, A. M.;

    2001-01-01

    We provide a phenomenological description of proton conductance in polymer electrolyte membranes, based on contemporary views of proton transfer processes in condensed media and a model for heterogeneous polymer electrolyte membrane structure. The description combines the proton transfer events i...

  12. Nanocomposites based on highly luminescent nanocrystals and semiconducting conjugated polymer for inkjet printing

    Binetti, E.; Ingrosso, C.; Striccoli, M.; Cosma, P.; Agostiano, A.; Pataky, K.; Brugger, J.; Curri, M. L.

    2012-02-01

    In this work nanocomposites based on organic-capped semiconductor nanocrystals formed of a core of CdSe coated with a shell of ZnS (CdSe@ZnS), with different sizes, and a semiconducting conjugated polymer, namely poly[(9,9-dihexylfluoren-2,7-diyl)-alt- (2,5-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene)] (PF-DMB) have been investigated. The nanocomposites are prepared by mixing the pre-synthesized components in organic solvents, thereby assisting the dispersion of the organic-coated nano-objects in the polymer host. UV-vis steady state and time-resolved spectroscopy along with (photo)electrochemical techniques have been performed to characterize the obtained materials. The study shows that the embedded nanocrystals increase the PF-DMB stability against oxidation and, at the same time, extend the light harvesting capability to the visible spectral region, thus resulting in detectable photocurrent signals. The nanocomposites have been dispensed by means of a piezo-actuated inkjet system. Such inks present viscosity and surface tension properties well suited for stable and reliable drop-on-demand printing using an inkjet printer. The fabrication of arrays of single-color pixels made of the nanocomposites and micrometers in size has been performed. Confocal and atomic force microscopy have confirmed that inkjet-printed microstructures present the intrinsic emission properties of both the embedded nanocrystals and PF-DMB, resulting in a combined luminescence. Finally, the morphology of the printed pixels is influenced by the embedded nanofillers.

  13. Nanocomposites based on highly luminescent nanocrystals and semiconducting conjugated polymer for inkjet printing

    In this work nanocomposites based on organic-capped semiconductor nanocrystals formed of a core of CdSe coated with a shell of ZnS (CdSe-ZnS), with different sizes, and a semiconducting conjugated polymer, namely poly[(9,9-dihexylfluoren-2,7-diyl)-alt- (2,5-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene)] (PF-DMB) have been investigated. The nanocomposites are prepared by mixing the pre-synthesized components in organic solvents, thereby assisting the dispersion of the organic-coated nano-objects in the polymer host. UV–vis steady state and time-resolved spectroscopy along with (photo)electrochemical techniques have been performed to characterize the obtained materials. The study shows that the embedded nanocrystals increase the PF-DMB stability against oxidation and, at the same time, extend the light harvesting capability to the visible spectral region, thus resulting in detectable photocurrent signals. The nanocomposites have been dispensed by means of a piezo-actuated inkjet system. Such inks present viscosity and surface tension properties well suited for stable and reliable drop-on-demand printing using an inkjet printer. The fabrication of arrays of single-color pixels made of the nanocomposites and micrometers in size has been performed. Confocal and atomic force microscopy have confirmed that inkjet-printed microstructures present the intrinsic emission properties of both the embedded nanocrystals and PF-DMB, resulting in a combined luminescence. Finally, the morphology of the printed pixels is influenced by the embedded nanofillers. (paper)

  14. Transparent and conductive polymer layers by gas plasma techniques

    Groenewoud, Lucas Marinus Hendrikus

    2000-01-01

    Polymers are widely used in a great number of applications because of their general properties such as low density, low cost, and processability. If these properties could be combined with electrical conductivity, this would open up the way to desirable applications such as flexible LCD’s and polymer electronics (cheap, lightweight, etc.). For applications requiring electrical conductivity, the choice of a suitable polymer is limited to polymers with a conjugated chemical structure such as po...

  15. Hybrid solar cells based on colloidal nanocrystals and conjugated polymers

    In this study, monodispersed colloidal titanium dioxide (TiO2) was synthesized and applied with poly(3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3OT), phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) (PEDOT), and poly(styrenesulfonate (PSS) to fabricate an aluminum/calcium/P3OT:PCBM:TiO2/PEDOT:PSS/indium tin oxide hybrid solar cell using spin coating and evaporation deposition. The effects of the TiO2 content and annealing temperature on cell performances were investigated. The results showed that optimization of the TiO2 content (15 wt.%) and annealing temperature (150 °C) effectively enhanced the performance of the hybrid solar cells. The PCBM and TiO2 absorbed more light photons in the P3OT:PCBM:TiO2 active layer. The charge transfer in the P3OT:PCBM:TiO2 active layer was more efficient, increasing the amount of photoluminescence quenching. The increased active layer surface roughness reduced the charge-transport distance and enhanced the internal light scattering and light absorption. The best values for the open circuit voltage, short-circuit current density, fill factor, and efficiency for the prepared hybrid solar cell were 0.61 V, 9.50 mA/cm2, 34.46%, and 2.09%, respectively. - Highlights: • Solar cell based on titania and conjugated polymer was fabricated. • Optimal titania content and annealing temperature were investigated. • Solar cell with 2.09% efficiency was obtained

  16. Nanostructured conducting polymers for energy applications: towards a sustainable platform

    Ghosh, Srabanti; Maiyalagan, Thandavarayan; Basu, Rajendra N.

    2016-03-01

    Recently, there has been tremendous progress in the field of nanodimensional conducting polymers with the objective of tuning the intrinsic properties of the polymer and the potential to be efficient, biocompatible, inexpensive, and solution processable. Compared with bulk conducting polymers, conducting polymer nanostructures possess a high electrical conductivity, large surface area, short path length for ion transport and superior electrochemical activity which make them suitable for energy storage and conversion applications. The current status of polymer nanostructure fabrication and characterization is reviewed in detail. The present review includes syntheses, a deeper understanding of the principles underlying the electronic behavior of size and shape tunable polymer nanostructures, characterization tools and analysis of composites. Finally, a detailed discussion of their effectiveness and perspectives in energy storage and solar light harvesting is presented. In brief, a broad overview on the synthesis and possible applications of conducting polymer nanostructures in energy domains such as fuel cells, photocatalysis, supercapacitors and rechargeable batteries is described.

  17. Conducting Polymer Nanostructures: Template Synthesis and Applications in Energy Storage

    Lijia Pan

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Conducting polymer nanostructures have received increasing attention in both fundamental research and various application fields in recent decades. Compared with bulk conducting polymers, conducting polymer nanostructures are expected to display improved performance in energy storage because of the unique properties arising from their nanoscaled size: high electrical conductivity, large surface area, short path lengths for the transport of ions, and high electrochemical activity. Template methods are emerging for a sort of facile, efficient, and highly controllable synthesis of conducting polymer nanostructures. This paper reviews template synthesis routes for conducting polymer nanostructures, including soft and hard template methods, as well as its mechanisms. The application of conducting polymer mesostructures in energy storage devices, such as supercapacitors and rechargeable batteries, are discussed.

  18. Electron energy loss spectroscopy of single silicon nanocrystals: The conduction band

    Batson, P. E.; Heath, J. R.

    1993-01-01

    Spatially resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy has been performed on single, H-terminated, Si nanocrystals in the size range 25–500 Å. The particles were prepared via the gas-phase photolysis of a dilute Si2H6/He mixture in a gas flow cell, and deposited on a holey carbon grid for analysis. Energy loss within a few eV of the core 2p ionization edge reveals information about the conduction band states at Δ1 and L1 in the Brillouin zone. The conduction band edge is observed to shift to hi...

  19. Conducting polymers as potential active materials in electrochemical supercapacitors

    Rudge, A.; Davey, J.; Raistrick, I.; Gottesfeld, S. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Ferraris, J.P. [Texas Univ., Richardson, TX (United States). Dept. of Chemistry

    1992-12-01

    Electronically,conducting polymers represent an interesting class of materials for use in electrochemical capacitors because of the combination of high capacitive energy density and low materials cost. Three generalized types of electrochemical capacitors can be constructed using conducting polymers as active material, and in the third of these, which utilizes conducting polymers that can be both n- and p-doped, energy densities of up to 40 watt-hours per kilogram of active material on both electrodes have been demonstrated.

  20. Conducting polymers as potential active materials in electrochemical supercapacitors

    Rudge, A.; Davey, J.; Raistrick, I.; Gottesfeld, S. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Ferraris, J.P. (Texas Univ., Richardson, TX (United States). Dept. of Chemistry)

    1992-01-01

    Electronically,conducting polymers represent an interesting class of materials for use in electrochemical capacitors because of the combination of high capacitive energy density and low materials cost. Three generalized types of electrochemical capacitors can be constructed using conducting polymers as active material, and in the third of these, which utilizes conducting polymers that can be both n- and p-doped, energy densities of up to 40 watt-hours per kilogram of active material on both electrodes have been demonstrated.

  1. Analytical device for test fluids, comprises a conductive polymer composition

    Hands, Philip J.W.; Bloor, David; Laughlin, Paul J.; Lussey, David

    2002-01-01

    A sensor for chemical species or biological species or radiation presenting to test fluid a polymer composition comprises polymer and conductive filler metal, alloy or reduced metal oxide and having a first level of electrical conductance when quiescent and being convertible to a second level of conductance by change of stress applied by stretching or compression or electric field, in which the polymer composition is characterised by at least one of the features in the form of particles at le...

  2. Pedot and PPy Conducting Polymer Bilayer and Trilayer Actuators

    Zainudeen, Umer Lebbe; Careem, Mohamed Abdul; Skaarup, Steen

    2008-01-01

    Actuators based on conducting polymers are attracting increasing interest due to their desirable features such as large mechanical stress generated, sufficient maximum strain values, high reversibility, good safety properties and the possibility of precise control using small voltages. Many...... attempts have been made to improve the actuator performance. We report electromechanical measurements on actuators of bilayer and trilayer free standing films prepared with polypyrrole (PPy) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) conducting polymers. Both types of conducting polymer are pre...

  3. DNA-sensors based on functionalized conducting polymers and quantum dots

    Kjällman, Tanja; Peng, Hui; Travas-Sejdic, Jadranka; Soeller, Christian

    2007-12-01

    The availability of rapid and specific biosensors is of great importance for many areas of biomedical research and modern biotechnology. This includes a need for DNA sensors where the progress of molecular biology demands routine detection of minute concentrations of specific gene fragments. A promising alternative approach to traditional DNA essays utilizes novel smart materials, including conducting polymers and nanostructured materials such as quantum dots. We have constructed a number of DNA sensors based on smart materials that allow rapid one-step detection of unlabeled DNA fragments with high specificity. These sensors are based on functionalized conducting polymers derived from polypyrrole (PPy) and poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV). PPy based sensors provide intrinsic electrical readout via cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The performance of these sensors is compared to a novel self-assembled monolayer-PNA construct on a gold electrode. Characterization of the novel PNA based sensor shows that it has comparable performance to the PPy based sensors and can also be read out effectively using AC cyclic voltammetry. Complementary to such solid substrate sensors we have developed a novel optical DNA essay based on a new PPV derived cationic conducting polymer. DNA detection in this essay results from sample dependent fluorescence resonance energy transfer changes between the cationic conducting polymer and Cy3 labeled probe oligonucleotides. As an alternative to such fluorochrome based sensors we discuss the use of inorganic nanocrystals ('quantum dots') and present data from water soluble CdTe quantum dots synthesized in an aqueous environment.

  4. Influence of Semiconductor Nanocrystal Concentration on Polymer Hole Transport in Hybrid Nanocomposites

    Ryan Pate

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This article investigates hole transport in poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV/CdSe colloidal quantum dot (CQD nanocomposites using a modified time-of-flight photoconductivity technique. The measured hole drift mobilities are analyzed in the context of Bässler’s Gaussian disorder model and the correlated disorder model in order to determine the polymer internal morphology of hybrid nanocomposite thin films. This work shows that increasing the CdSe CQD concentration decreases the polymer hole mobility from ~5.9 × 10−6 cm2/Vs in an MEH-PPV film to ~8.1 × 10−8 cm2/Vs in a 20:80 (wt% MEH-PPV:CdSe CQD nanocomposite film (measured at 25 °C and ~2 × 105 V/cm. The corresponding disorder parameters indicate increasing disruption of interchain interaction with increasing CQD concentration. This work quantifies polymer chain morphology in hybrid nanocomposite thin films and provides useful information regarding the optimal use of semiconductor nanocrystals in conjugated polymer-based optoelectronics.

  5. Progress in using conductive polymers as corrosion-inhibiting coatings

    A general review of the chemistry and corrosion control properties of electroactive polymers will be presented. These polymers are also known as conductive polymers (CPs), and this term will be used throughout this article. This paper will focus on both the synthesis of applicable CPs used for corrosion protection in various environments and their potential benefits over common organic barrier coatings

  6. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy of Conductive Polymer Coatings

    Calle, Luz Marina; MacDowell, Louis G.

    1996-01-01

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to investigate the corrosion protection performance of twenty nine proprietary conductive polymer coatings for cold rolled steel under immersion in 3.55 percent NaCl. Corrosion potential as well as Bode plots of the data were obtained for each coating after one hour immersion, All coatings, with the exception of one, have a corrosion potential that is higher in the positive direction than the corrosion potential of bare steel under the same conditions. Group A consisted of twenty one coatings with Bode plots indicative of the capacitive behavior characteristic of barrier coatings. An equivalent circuit consisting of a capacitor in series with a resistor simulated the experimental EIS data for these coatings very well. Group B consisted of eight coatings that exhibited EIS spectra showing an inflection point which indicates that two time constants are present. This may be caused by an electrochemical process taking place which could be indicitive of coating failing. These coatings have a lower impedance that those in Group A.

  7. Applications of conducting polymers: robotic fins and other devices

    Tangorra, James L.; Anquetil, Patrick A.; Weideman, Nathan S.; Fofonoff, Timothy; Hunter, Ian W.

    2007-04-01

    Conducting polymers are becoming viable engineering materials and are gradually being integrated into a wide range of devices. Parallel efforts conducted to characterize their electromechanical behavior, understand the factors that affect actuation performance, mechanically process films, and address the engineering obstacles that must be overcome to generate the forces and displacements required in real-world applications have made it possible to begin using conducting polymers in devices that cannot be made optimal using traditional actuators and materials. The use of conducting polymers has allowed us to take better advantage of biological architectures for robotic applications and has enabled us to pursue the development of novel sensors, motors, and medical diagnostic technologies. This paper uses the application of conducting polymer actuators to a biorobotic fin for unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) as a vehicle for discussing the efforts in our laboratory to develop conducting polymers into a suite of useful actuators and engineering components.

  8. Nobel Prize 2000: from conducting polymers to molecular electronics

    In this paper the development of conducting organic polymers is reviewed. Poly(3-alkylthiophenes) with regioregularity exceeding 99% are especially interesting because if used as a thin semiconducting layer in the field effect transistor (FET) configuration they become superconducting at 2.35 K. This is the first example of the superconductivity of an organic polymer. Fields of use of conducting polymers are reviewed, too

  9. Direct measurement of the microscale conductivity of conjugated polymer monolayers

    Bøggild, Peter; Grey, Francois; Hassenkam, T.;

    2000-01-01

    The in-plane conductivity of conjugated polymer monolayers is mapped here for the first time on the microscale using a novel scanning micro four-point probe (see Figure). The probe allows the source, drain, and voltage electrodes to be positioned within the same domain and the mapping results...... demonstrate how microscopic ordering in the polymer domains controls the conductivity....

  10. Potential profile in a conducting polymer strip

    Bay, Lasse; West, Keld; Vlachopoulos, Nikolaos;

    2002-01-01

    Many conjugated polymers show an appreciable difference in volume between their oxidized and reduced forms. This property can be utilized in soft electrochemically driven actuators, "artificial muscles". Several geometries have been proposed for the conversion of the volume expansion into useful...... mechanical work. In a particularly simple geometry, the length change of polymer strips is exploited. The polymer strips are connected to the driving circuit at the end of the strip that is attached to the support of the device. The other end of the strip is connected to the load. The advantage of this set......-up is simplicity and that the maximum force generated in the polymer can be transferred directly to the load. There is, however, an inherent problem in this design that will be examined in this paper. If the potential of the reduced state is below that for oxygen reduction, only a finite length of the...

  11. Heat conduction in graphite-nanoplatelet-reinforced polymer nanocomposites

    Hung, M T; Choi, O; Ju, Y. Sungtaek; Hahn, H T

    2006-01-01

    Heat transport in polymer nanocomposites reinforced with graphite nanoplatelets (GNPs) is studied using high-precision thermal conductivity measurements. The resistance to heat conduction across interfaces between GNPs and the polymer matrix has a strong effect on energy transport in the nanocomposites. The thermal conductivity is observed to increase when GNPs are pretreated with nitric acid to improve interfacial bonding. The improvement in the thermal conductivity, however, is much smaller...

  12. Electromagnetic properties of conducting polymers encapsulated in an insulating matrix

    The aim of this work is to study the electronic properties of conducting polymers encapsulated in zeolite. We studied two kinds of polymers: intrinsic conducting polymers (poly-pyrrole) and pyrolyzed polymers (polyacrylonitrile and poly-furfuryl alcohol). These systems were characterized by electron paramagnetic resonance and microwave conductivity measurements. In the first part, we present the preparation and the characterization of encapsulated poly-pyrrole. Conductivity measurements show that the encapsulated material is insulating, certainly because a strong interaction with the zeolite traps the charge carriers. In the second part, we focus on pyrolyzed encapsulated polyacrylonitrile. This system has a metal-like susceptibility at room temperature and a relatively high microwave conductivity. These results demonstrate the formation during the pyrolysis of extended aromatic clusters. Finally, we study pyrolyzed encapsulated poly-furfuryl alcohol. We show that the only effect of the pyrolysis is to fragment the polymers. We also discuss the spin relaxation and the EPR line broadening. (author)

  13. Analysis of solvent residuals in thin films of conducting polymers

    Since conducting polymers show widespread application possibilities, e.g. in organic solar cells and organic field effect transistors, it is a serious concern to investigate long-time stability and aging. Aging can be enhanced due to remaining solvent embedded in the polymer matrix of thin films. Remaining solvent affects the mobility of the polymers and results in an ongoing change in the microstructure, which is accompanied by changes in the electrical performance. We investigated the remaining solvent in thin conducting polymer films with neutron reflectivity, utilising the contrast between protonated and deuterated solvents. In addition, we report surface analysis of different polymer blends based on versatile novel conducting polymers using atomic force microscopy. In these films a spatial resolved analysis concerning the solvent content is obtained with STXM measurements.

  14. Design of a multi-coordinating polymer as a platform for functionalizing metal, metal oxide and semiconductor nanocrystals

    Wang, Wentao; Ji, Xin; Kapur, Anshika; Mattoussi, Hedi

    2016-03-01

    We introduce a new set of amphiphilic polymers as multifunctional, metal-coordinating ligands adapted to surfacefunctionalize quantum dots (QDs), iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) and gold nanoparticles/nanorods (AuNPs/AuNRs). The ligand design relies on the introduction of several anchoring groups, hydrophilic moieties and reactive functionalities into a polymer chain, via one-step nucleophilic addition reaction. Such synthetic scheme also allows the insertion of target biomolecules during the ligand synthesis. This functionalization strategy yields nanocrystals that exhibit long-term colloidal stability over a broad range of biological conditions, such as pH changes and when mixed with growth media. When zwitterion groups are used as hydrophilic motifs, this provides compact nanocrystals that are compatible with conjugation to proteins via metal-polyhistidine self-assembly. In addition, we show that QDs ligated with these polymers can engage in energy or charge transfer interactions. Furthermore, nanocrystals coated with folic acid-modified polymers could promote the delivery of nanoparticle-conjugates into cancer cells via folate receptormediated endocytosis.

  15. Conducting polymer/clay nanocomposites and their applications.

    Fang, Fei Fei; Choi, Hyoung Jin; Joo, Jinsoo

    2008-04-01

    This review aims at reporting on interesting and potential aspects of conducting polymer/clay nanocomposites with regard to their preparation, characteristics and engineering applications. Various conducting polymers such as polyaniline, polypyrrole and copolyaniline are introduced and three different preparation methods of synthesizing conducting polymer/clay nanocomposites are being emphasized. Morphological features, structure characteristics and thermal degradation behavior are explained based on SEM/TEM images, XRD pattern analyses and TGA/DSC graphs, respectively. Attentions are also being paid on conductive/magnetic performances as well as two potential applications in anti-corrosion coating and electrorheological (ER) fluids. PMID:18572558

  16. Nuclear alkylated pyridine aldehyde polymers and conductive compositions thereof

    Rembaum, A.; Singer, S. (Inventor)

    1970-01-01

    A thermally stable, relatively conductive polymer was disclosed. The polymer was synthesized by condensing in the presence of catalyst a 2, 4, or 6 nuclear alklylated 2, 3, or 4 pyridine aldehyde or quaternary derivatives thereof to form a polymer. The pyridine groups were liked by olefinic groups between 2-4, 2-6, 2-3, 3-4, 3-6 or 4-6 positions. Conductive compositions were prepared by dissolving the quaternary polymer and an organic charge transfer complexing agent such as TCNQ in a mutual solvent such as methanol.

  17. Low-Dimensional Conduction Mechanisms in Highly-Conductive and Transparent Conjugated Polymers

    Ugur Katmis, Asli; Katmis, Ferhat; Li, Mingda; Wu, Lijun; Varanasi, Kripa K.; Gleason, Karen K.; Zhu, Yimei

    2015-01-01

    Electronic conduction in conjugated polymers is of emerging technological interest for high-performance optoelectronic and thermoelectric devices. A completely new aspect and understanding of the conduction mechanism on conducting polymers is introduced, allowing the applicability of materials to be optimized. The charge-transport mechanism is explained by direct experimental evidence with a very well supported theoretical model.

  18. Low-Dimensional Conduction Mechanisms in Highly Conductive and Transparent Conjugated Polymers

    Ugur, Asli; Katmis, Ferhat; Li, Mingda; Wu, Lijun; Zhu, Yimei; Varanasi, Kripa K.; Gleason, Karen K.

    2015-01-01

    Electronic conduction in conjugated polymers is of emerging technological interest for high-performance optoelectronic and thermoelectric devices. A completely new aspect and understanding of the conduction mechanism on conducting polymers is introduced, allowing the applicability of materials to be optimized. The charge-transport mechanism is explained by direct experimental evidence with a very well supported theoretical model.

  19. Light harvesting by dye linked conducting polymers

    Nielsen, Kim Troensegaard

    2006-01-01

    shall be able to compete with the silicon solar cells. One of the parameters is to ensure a high degree of charge carrier separation. Charge carrier separationcan only happen at heterojunctions, which cover for example the interfaces between the polymers and the electrodes or the interface between...... greenish blue light while LEDs made of NPN emits light in the nearinfrared region. During the synthesis of Nnand NPN it was found that remnants of the palladium catalysts caused problems in the control of the polymers and further made the resistance in the solar cells and LEDs so low that they did not work....... A large effort has been made during the project todevelop a method to remove remnants of metal catalysts from organic compounds and in particular polymers so that functional solar cells and LEDs could be made. It was succeeded to find a very effective method to remove remnants of metal catalysts...

  20. “Electro-Click” on Conducting Polymer Films

    Hansen, Thomas Steen; Lind, Johan Ulrik; Daugaard, Anders Egede;

    An azide substituted 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene monomer is polymerised to yield a PEDOT like polymer with available azide groups (Figure 1). The azide groups enable post polymerization functionalization of the conducting polymer using a 1,3 dipolar cycloaddition reaction – also denoted “click...... chemistry”. This facilitates the addition of compounds that can otherwise not withstand the polymerization conditions. Several biological active molecules have been attached and tested on the films. Furthermore conducting polymer microelectrodes can electrochemically generate the catalyst required for their...... own functionalization with high spatial resolution. Interdigitated microelectrodes prepared from the azide-containing conducting polymer were selectively functionalized in sequence by two alkyne-modified fluorophores by control of the applied potentials. “Electro-click” on conducting polymer films...

  1. Supramolecular Engineering of Hierarchically Self-Assembled, Bioinspired, Cholesteric Nanocomposites Formed by Cellulose Nanocrystals and Polymers.

    Zhu, Baolei; Merindol, Remi; Benitez, Alejandro J; Wang, Baochun; Walther, Andreas

    2016-05-01

    Natural composites are hierarchically structured by combination of ordered colloidal and molecular length scales. They inspire future, biomimetic, and lightweight nanocomposites, in which extraordinary mechanical properties are in reach by understanding and mastering hierarchical structure formation as tools to engineer multiscale deformation mechanisms. Here we describe a hierarchically self-assembled, cholesteric nanocomposite with well-defined colloid-based helical structure and supramolecular hydrogen bonds engineered on the molecular level in the polymer matrix. We use reversible addition-fragmentation transfer polymerization to synthesize well-defined hydrophilic, nonionic polymers with a varying functionalization density of 4-fold hydrogen-bonding ureidopyrimidinone (UPy) motifs. We show that these copolymers can be coassembled with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), a sustainable, stiff, rod-like reinforcement, to give ordered cholesteric phases with characteristic photonic stop bands. The dimensions of the helical pitch are controlled by the ratio of polymer/CNC, confirming a smooth integration into the colloidal structure. With respect to the effect of the supramolecular motifs, we demonstrate that those regulate the swelling when exposing the biomimetic hybrids to water, and they allow engineering the photonic response. Moreover, the amount of hydrogen bonds and the polymer fraction are decisive in defining the mechanical properties. An Ashby plot comparing previous ordered CNC-based nanocomposites with our new hierarchical ones reveals that molecular engineering allows us to span an unprecedented mechanical property range from highest inelastic deformation (strain up to ∼13%) to highest stiffness (E ∼ 15 GPa) and combinations of both. We envisage that further rational design of the molecular interactions will provide efficient tools for enhancing the multifunctional property profiles of such bioinspired nanocomposites. PMID:27067311

  2. Self-assembled hybrid materials based on conjugated polymers and semiconductors nano-crystals for plastic solar cells

    This work is devoted to the elaboration of self-assembled hybrid materials based on poly(3- hexyl-thiophene) and CdSe nano-crystals for photovoltaic applications. For that, complementary molecular recognition units were introduced as side chain groups on the polymer and at the nano-crystals' surface. Diamino-pyrimidine groups were introduced by post-functionalization of a precursor copolymer, namely poly(3-hexyl-thiophene-co-3- bromo-hexyl-thiophene) whereas thymine groups were introduced at the nano-crystals' surface by a ligand exchange reaction with 1-(6-mercapto-hexyl)thymine. However, due to their different solubility, the mixing of the two components by solution processes is difficult. A 'one-pot' procedure was developed, but this method led to insoluble aggregates without control of the hybrid composition. To overcome the solubility problem, the layer-by-layer method was used to prepare the films. This method allows a precise control of the deposition process. Experimental parameters were tested in order to evaluate their impact on the resulting film. The films morphology was investigated by microscopy and X-Ray diffraction techniques. These analyses reveal an interpenetrated structure of nano-crystals within the polymer matrix rather than a multilayered structure. Electrochemical and spectro electrochemical studies were performed on the hybrid material deposited by the LBL process. Finally the materials were tested in a solar cell configuration and the I=f(V) curves reveals a clear photovoltaic behaviour. (author)

  3. Radiation induced synthesis of conducting polymer nanocomposite

    dose is increased, a gradual red shift in was observed. This indicates formation of larger particles with increasing irradiation dose. With increase in Ag concentration the absorption maximum shifts towards longer wavelengths (larger particle size formation). The XRD pattern of irradiated PANI exhibits four new diffraction peaks, corresponding to face centered cubic structure (fcc) of silver. With increasing of either AgNO3 concentration or irradiation dose the particle size was increased. FTIR spectra of Ag/PANI nano composites illustrate that the incorporation of silver nanoparticles in poly aniline matrix leads to small shift of some peaks to the higher wavelengths and also decreases in the intensity of other peaks, which indicates that the structural change of polymer occurs with doping. The variation of dc electrical conductivity for pure PANI and irradiated Ag/PANI nano composites showed that the dc electrical conductivity of the irradiated Ag/PANI nano composites is higher than that of pure PANI and also it increases with increasing either irradiation dose or AgNO3 concentrations. Catalytic evaluation of Ag/PANI and Ag/PVA in the reduction of 4-Nitro phenol (4-NP) showed that, either Ag/PANI or Ag/PVA is successive catalyst for a reduction of 4-nitrophenol which a carcinogenic material present in waste water and some petroleum product.

  4. Mechanism of actuation in conducting polymers: Osmotic expansion

    Bay, Lasse; Jacobsen, Torben; West, Keld;

    2001-01-01

    Conducting polymers expand or contract when their redox state is changed. This expansion/contraction effect can be separated in an intrinsic part because of changes of the polymer backbone on reduction/oxidation and a part depending on the surrounding electrolyte phase, because of osmotic expansi...... and designing actuator experiments and when comparing experimental results from different sources.......Conducting polymers expand or contract when their redox state is changed. This expansion/contraction effect can be separated in an intrinsic part because of changes of the polymer backbone on reduction/oxidation and a part depending on the surrounding electrolyte phase, because of osmotic expansion...... of the polymer phase. The osmotic effect causes solvent molecules to move into the polymer in a number far in excess of those bound strongly in the solvation shell of the mobile ion, resulting in large volume changes. In this paper, a thermodynamic description of the osmotic expansion is worked out. The model...

  5. Potential profile in a conducting polymer strip

    Bay, Lasse; West, Keld; Vlachopoulos, Nikolaos; Skaarup, Steen

    -up is simplicity and that the maximum force generated in the polymer can be transferred directly to the load. There is, however, an inherent problem in this design that will be examined in this paper. If the potential of the reduced state is below that for oxygen reduction, only a finite length of the...

  6. Conducting Polymer Actuators: Prospects and Limitations

    Skaarup, Steen

    Actuators constructed with a conjugated polymer as the active part have been predicted to have a number of highly desirable properties: Large mechanical strength, high power density, i.e. high actuation speeds possible, sufficient maximum strain values, high reversibility and safe, low voltages (1...

  7. Mediating conducting polymer growth within hydrogels by controlling nucleation

    A. J. Patton; Green, R A; L. A. Poole-Warren

    2015-01-01

    This study examines the efficacy of primary and secondary nucleation for electrochemical polymerisation of conductive polymers within poly(vinyl alcohol) methacrylate hydrogels. The two methods of nucleation investigated were a primary heterogeneous mechanism via introduction of conductive bulk metallic glass (Mg64Zn30Ca5Na1) particles and a secondary mechanism via introduction of “pre-polymerised” conducting polymer within the hydrogel (PEDOT:PSS). Evidence of nucleation was not seen in the ...

  8. Characterization of metal nanoparticles/ conducting polymer prepared by radiation technique

    Full text: Composites of conducting polymer-metal nanoparticles are of great interest in modern physical and chemical researchers due to their unique physical and chemical properties, which are distinct from those of the bulk metal and molecules .Conducting polymer-metal nanoparticles can be used in diverse fields such as electronics, electrocatalysts and optoelectronics. Conducting polymer and metal nanoparticles blended in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was synthesized by irradiating as films containing monomer and metal salt at different concentrations with gamma radiation technique. In the same time the conducting polymer and metal nanoparticles were formed due to oxidation of monomer and reduction of metal ion respectively by radiation. The structure analysis of conducting polymer-metal nanoparticles films were studied by X-Ray diffraction system which appears different diffraction peak angles respectively .The optical properties were investigated using UV -Vis spectrophotometer that show optical absorbance peak at λ = (780 , 430) nm of conducting polymer and metal nanoparticles respectively .From the UV-spectrum the band gap energy (Eg) was deduced and found to be decreases from (1.4, 2.8) eV at 10 kGy to (1.2,2.52) eV at 50 kGy for conducting polymer and metal nanoparticles respectively. (author)

  9. Recent developments in polyurethane-based conducting polymer composites

    Njuguna, James A. K.; Pielichowski, Krzysztof

    2004-01-01

    Polyurethane-based conducting composites with polyaniline, polythiophene or polypyrrole are in the class of modern macromolecular materials that combine the toughness and elasticity of polyurethane matrix with conductivity of intrinsically conducting polymers. Since the methods of preparation strongly influence the structure and properties of resulting composite/blend, this works aim at systematic description of polyurethane based conducting composites. This review has been ...

  10. Investigation of vapour-grown conductive polymer/heteropolyacid electrodes

    Heteropolyacid-doped conductive polymer coatings were grown by vapour transport of monomer (pyrrole or N-methylpyrrole) onto carbon paper coated with aqueous oxidant solutions (heteropolyacids or iron(III) chloride). Coated electrodes were studied by scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Polymer/heteropolyanion coatings had smooth morphologies giving pseudocapacitance of up to 422 F g-1 (with respect to active polymer material) and 0.45 F cm-2 (geometric area of the electrode)

  11. Ionic motion in PEDOT and PPy conducting polymer bilayers

    Zainudeen, Umer L.; Careem, M.A.; Skaarup, Steen

    2006-01-01

    Conducting polymer bilayers with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and polypyrrole (PPy), each containing dodecyl benzenesulfonate (DBS) as immobile dopant species, were synthesized galvanostatically. The electrochemical behaviour of the bilayers was investigated using cyclic voltammetry......, optical absorption spectroscopy and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) techniques. Two important conclusions of relevance for actuator performance were reached: It is possible to make a bilayer film that does not delaminate – the two polymers are compatible; and both polymers are active in...

  12. White light generation tuned by dual hybridization of nanocrystals and conjugated polymers

    Demir, Hilmi Volkan; Nizamoglu, Sedat; Ozel, Tuncay; Mutlugun, Evren; Ozge Huyal, Ilkem; Sari, Emre; Holder, Elisabeth; Tian, Nan

    2007-10-01

    Dual hybridization of highly fluorescent conjugated polymers and highly luminescent nanocrystals (NCs) is developed and demonstrated in multiple combinations for controlled white light generation with high color rendering index (CRI) (> 80) for the first time. The generated white light is tuned using layer-by-layer assembly of CdSe/ZnS core-shell NCs closely packed on polyfluorene, hybridized on near-UV emitting nitride-based light emitting diodes (LEDs). The design, synthesis, growth, fabrication and characterization of these hybrid inorganic organic white LEDs are presented. The following experimental realizations are reported: (i) layer-by-layer hybridization of yellow NCs (λPL=580 nm) and blue polyfluorene (λPL=439 nm) with tristimulus coordinates of (x, y)=(0.31, 0.27), correlated color temperature of Tc=6962 K and CRI of Ra=53.4; (ii) layer-by-layer assembly of yellow and green NCs (λPL=580 and 540 nm) and blue polyfluorene (λPL=439 nm) with (x, y)=(0.23, 0.30), Tc=14395 K and Ra=65.7; and (iii) layer-by-layer deposition of yellow, green and red NCs (λPL=580, 540 and 620 nm) and blue polyfluorene (λPL=439 nm) with (x, y)=(0.38, 0.39), Tc=4052 K and Ra= 83.0. The CRI is demonstrated to be well controlled and significantly improved by increasing multi-chromaticity of the NC and polymer emitters.

  13. White light generation tuned by dual hybridization of nanocrystals and conjugated polymers

    Dual hybridization of highly fluorescent conjugated polymers and highly luminescent nanocrystals (NCs) is developed and demonstrated in multiple combinations for controlled white light generation with high color rendering index (CRI) (> 80) for the first time. The generated white light is tuned using layer-by-layer assembly of CdSe/ZnS core-shell NCs closely packed on polyfluorene, hybridized on near-UV emitting nitride-based light emitting diodes (LEDs). The design, synthesis, growth, fabrication and characterization of these hybrid inorganic-organic white LEDs are presented. The following experimental realizations are reported: (i) layer-by-layer hybridization of yellow NCs (λPL=580 nm) and blue polyfluorene (λPL=439 nm) with tristimulus coordinates of (x, y)=(0.31, 0.27), correlated color temperature of Tc=6962 K and CRI of Ra=53.4; (ii) layer-by-layer assembly of yellow and green NCs (λPL=580 and 540 nm) and blue polyfluorene (λPL=439 nm) with (x, y)=(0.23, 0.30), Tc=14395 K and Ra=65.7; and (iii) layer-by-layer deposition of yellow, green and red NCs (λPL=580, 540 and 620 nm) and blue polyfluorene (λPL=439 nm) with (x, y)=(0.38, 0.39), Tc=4052 K and Ra= 83.0. The CRI is demonstrated to be well controlled and significantly improved by increasing multi-chromaticity of the NC and polymer emitters

  14. Research Trends of Soft Actuators based on Electroactive Polymers and Conducting Polymers

    Kaneto, K.

    2016-04-01

    Artificial muscles (or soft actuators) based on electroactive polymers (EAPs) are attractive power sources to drive human-like robots in place of electrical motor, because they are quiet, powerful, light weight and compact. Among EAPs for soft actuators, conducting polymers are superior in strain, stress, deformation form and driving voltage compared with the other EAPs. In this paper, the research trends of EAPs and conducting polymers are reviewed by retrieval of the papers and patents. The research activity of EAP actuators showed the maximum around 2010 and somehow declining now days. The reasons for the reducing activity are found to be partly due to problems of conducting polymer actuators for the practical application. The unique characteristics of conducting polymer actuators are mentioned in terms of the basic mechanisms of actuation, creeping, training effect and shape retention under high tensile loads. The issues and limitation of conducting polymer soft actuators are discussed.

  15. Making Conductive Polymers By Arc Tracking

    Daech, Alfred F.

    1992-01-01

    Experimental technique for fabrication of electrically conductive polymeric filaments based on arc tracking, in which electrical arc creates conductive carbon track in material that initially was insulator. Electrically conductive polymeric structures made by arc tracking aligned along wire on which formed. Alignment particularly suited to high conductivity and desirable in materials intended for testing as candidate superconductors.

  16. Designing Non-charging Surfaces from Non-conductive Polymers.

    Zhang, Xuan; Huang, Xu; Kwok, Sen Wai; Soh, Siowling

    2016-04-01

    Polymers that prevent the generation of static charge by contact electrification can be fabricated by copolymerizing an appropriate proportion of a molecule that has the tendency to charge positively, and a molecule that has the tendency to charge negatively, against a reference material. These non-conductive polymers resist charging by contact or rubbing, and prevent the adhesion of microscopic particles. PMID:26923196

  17. Processing of conductive filled polymers using microinjection

    A.G. Pereira; Vieira, M. T.; Pontes, A.J.

    2011-01-01

    Polystyrene granules were coated by sputtering with an innovative film of stainless steel obtaining this way a composite. To compare results it was necessary to prepare two different composites, mixing polymer granules with steel fibers mechanically in a drum. Microinjection molding is a processing technique that allowed obtaining a representative sample of each composite. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) allowed the characterization of the coating thickness ...

  18. Conducting Polymer Electrodes for Gel Electrophoresis

    Bengtsson, Katarina; Nilsson, Sara; Robinson, Nathaniel D

    2014-01-01

    In nearly all cases, electrophoresis in gels is driven via the electrolysis of water at the electrodes, where the process consumes water and produces electrochemical by-products. We have previously demonstrated that p-conjugated polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) can be placed between traditional metal electrodes and an electrolyte to mitigate electrolysis in liquid (capillary electroosmosis/electrophoresis) systems. In this report, we extend our previous result to gel ...

  19. Current Trends in Sensors Based on Conducting Polymer Nanomaterials

    Hyeonseok Yoon

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Conducting polymers represent an important class of functional organic materials for next-generation electronic and optical devices. Advances in nanotechnology allow for the fabrication of various conducting polymer nanomaterials through synthesis methods such as solid-phase template synthesis, molecular template synthesis, and template-free synthesis. Nanostructured conducting polymers featuring high surface area, small dimensions, and unique physical properties have been widely used to build various sensor devices. Many remarkable examples have been reported over the past decade. The enhanced sensitivity of conducting polymer nanomaterials toward various chemical/biological species and external stimuli has made them ideal candidates for incorporation into the design of sensors. However, the selectivity and stability still leave room for improvement.

  20. Colloidal infrared reflective and transparent conductive aluminum-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals

    Buonsanti, Raffaella; Milliron, Delia J

    2015-02-24

    The present invention provides a method of preparing aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanocrystals. In an exemplary embodiment, the method includes (1) injecting a precursor mixture of a zinc precursor, an aluminum precursor, an amine, and a fatty acid in a solution of a vicinal diol in a non-coordinating solvent, thereby resulting in a reaction mixture, (2) precipitating the nanocrystals from the reaction mixture, thereby resulting in a final precipitate, and (3) dissolving the final precipitate in an apolar solvent. The present invention also provides a dispersion. In an exemplary embodiment, the dispersion includes (1) nanocrystals that are well separated from each other, where the nanocrystals are coated with surfactants and (2) an apolar solvent where the nanocrystals are suspended in the apolar solvent. The present invention also provides a film. In an exemplary embodiment, the film includes (1) a substrate and (2) nanocrystals that are evenly distributed on the substrate.

  1. Conducting Polymers Functionalized with Phthalocyanine as Nitrogen Dioxide Sensors

    S. D. Deshpande

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available The conducting polymers such as polyaniline, polypyrrole and polythiophene were functionalized with copper phthalocyanine using chemical oxidation method. The obtained polymers viz. PANI-CuPc, PPy-CuPc and PT-CuPc were studied as chemical sensors by their response characteristics after exposure to various chemical vapors such as methanol, ammonia and nitrogen dioxide. The results obtained showed that these polymers have moderate sensitivity towards the methanol as well as ammonia vapors whereas they show tremendous sensitivity towards nitrogen dioxide vapors. The sensitivity factor of as high as 50,000 was obtained for PT-CuPc polymers in nitrogen dioxide. In comparison to this, the sensitivity factors of about 100 and 40 were obtained, when these polymers were exposed to ammonia and methanol vapors. The very high selectivity towards the nitrogen dioxide was explained on the basis of charge transfer complex formed between, the phthalocyanine donor and nitrogen dioxide acceptor molecules. On the other hand, ammonia becomes a competing electron donor in CuPc containing conducting polymers. The very low response towards the methanol may be explained on the basis very little charge transfer / interaction between CuPc containing polymers and methanol. Thus, CuPc incorporated conducting polymers have much higher selectivity than their original homopolymer.

  2. Chemical sensors using peptide-functionalized conducting polymer nanojunction arrays

    Aguilar, Alvaro Díaz; Forzani, Erica S.; Li, Xiulan; Tao, Nongjian; Nagahara, Larry A.; Amlani, Islamshah; Tsui, Raymond

    2005-11-01

    We demonstrate a heavy metal-ion sensor for drinking water analysis using a conducting polymer nanojunction array. Each nanojunction is formed by bridging a pair of nanoelectrodes separated with a small gap (sensor is based on the change in the nanojunction conductance as a result of polymer conformational changes induced by the metal-ion chelating peptide. The nanojunction sensor allows real-time detection of Cu2+ and Ni2+ at ppt range.

  3. Enhanced Photoresponse of Conductive Polymer Nanowires Embedded with Au Nanoparticles.

    Zhang, Junchang; Zhong, Liubiao; Sun, Yinghui; Li, Anran; Huang, Jing; Meng, Fanben; Chandran, Bevita K; Li, Shuzhou; Jiang, Lin; Chen, Xiaodong

    2016-04-01

    A conductive polymer nanowire embedded with a 1D Au nanoparticle chain with defined size, shape, and interparticle distance is fabricated which demonstrates enhanced photoresponse behavior. The precise and controllable positioning of 1D Au nanoparticle chain in the conductive polymer nanowire plays a critical role in modulating the photoresponse behavior by excitation light wavelength or power due to the coupled-plasmon effect of 1D Au nanoparticle chain. PMID:26901850

  4. Recent developments in intrinsically conductive polymer coatings for corrosion protection

    M. Z. Iqbal; M. K. Zahoor; Hashim, S.; Ali Usman Chaudhry; Khan, M.I.

    2010-01-01

    Intrinsically conductive polymers have achieved demanding interest in the field of corrosion control coatings owing to their conductive ability and also due to the strict environmental regulations on conventional heavy metals coatings. This multipurpose class of polymers has shown to be effective and proven themselves as a potential alternate for these hazardous heavy metal coatings in order to control the corrosion properties of metals or alloys. The basic purpose of this paper is only to hi...

  5. Applications of scanning probe microscopy in intrinsically conducting polymer research

    YANG Tao; NIU Li; LI Zhuang; DONG Shaojun

    2007-01-01

    The applications of scanning probe microscopy(SPM)in intrinsically conducting polymer research is briefly reviewed,including morphology observation,nanofabrication,microcosmic electrical property measurements,electrochemistry researches,in-situ measurements of film thickness change,and so on.At the same time,some important variations of SPM and the related techniques are briefly introduced.Finally,the future development of SPM in the study of intrinsically conducting polymers is prospected.

  6. Microwave assisted click chemistry on a conductive polymer film

    Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hansen, Thomas S.; Larsen, Niels Bent;

    2011-01-01

    Microwave (MW) irradiation has been used to accelerate the functionalization of an azide functional poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) film by click chemistry. The absorption of MW energy by the conductive polymer has been exploited for localized activation of the reaction on the polymer surface. B...... method has been applied for anchoring of the chelating agent nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) on the conductive polymer. The chelating linkage ability of NTA on the surface was investigated through a sandwich ELISA study confirming the selective bonding of a histidine tagged protein....

  7. Enhanced Conductivity in CZTS/Cu(2-x)Se Nanocrystal Thin Films: Growth of a Conductive Shell.

    Korala, Lasantha; McGoffin, J Tyler; Prieto, Amy L

    2016-02-01

    Poor charge transport in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanocrystal (NC) thin films presents a great challenge in the fabrication of solar cells without postannealing treatments. We introduce a novel approach to facilitate the charge carrier hopping between CZTS NCs by growing a stoichiometric Cu2Se shell that can be oxidized to form a conductive Cu2-xSe phase when exposed to air. The CZTS/Cu2Se core/shell NCs with varying numbers of shell monolayers were synthesized by the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method, and the variation in structural and optical properties of the CZTS NCs with varying shell thicknesses was investigated. Solid-phase sulfide ligand exchange was employed to fabricate NC thin films by layer-by-layer dip coating and a 2 orders of magnitude rise in dark conductivity (∼10(-3) S cm(-1) at 0 monolayer and ∼10(-1) S cm(-1) at 1.5 monolayers) was observed with an increase in the number of shell monolayers. The approach described herein is the first key step in achieving a significant increase in the photoconductivity of as-deposited CZTS NC thin films. PMID:26745286

  8. Light harvesting by dye linked conducting polymers

    Troensegaard Nielsen, K.

    2006-06-15

    The fact that the fossil fuel is finite and that the detrimental long-term effects of letting CO2 into our atmosphere exist, have created an enormous interest in developing new, cheap, renewable and less polluting energy resources. One of the most obvious abundant sources of energy in the solar system is the sun. Unfortunately the well developed silicon solar cells are very costly to produce. In an attempt to produce cheap and flexible solar cells, plastic solar cells have received a lot of attention in the last decades. There are still a lot of parameters to optimize if the plastic solar cell shall be able to compete with the silicon solar cells. One of the parameters is to ensure a high degree of charge carrier separation. Charge carrier separation can only happen at heterojunctions, which cover for example the interfaces between the polymers and the electrodes or the interface between an n-conductor and a p-conductor. The facts that the charge carrier separation only happens at the heterojunctions limits the thickness of the active layer in solar cells and thereby the effectiveness of the solar cells. In this project the charge carrier separation is attempted optimized by making plastic solar cells with a molecular heterojunction. The molecular heterojunction has been obtained by synthesizing a three domain super molecular assembly termed NPN. NPN consists of two poly[1-(2,5-dioctyltolanyl)ethynylene] chains (N-domains) coupled to the [10,20-bis(3,5-bistert-butylphenyl]-5,15-dibromoporphinato]zinc(II) (P-domain). It is shown that the N domains in NPN work as effective light harvesting antennas for the P domain and effectively transfer electrically generated excitons in the N domain to the P domain. Unfortunately the P domain does not separate the charge carriers but instead works as a charge carrier trap. This results in a performance of solar cells made of NPN that is much lower than the performance of solar cells made of pure poly[1-(2,5-dioctyltolanyl

  9. Top-down prepared silicon nanocrystals and a conjugated polymer-based bulk heterojunction: Optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications

    Blends consisting of doped silicon nanocrystals (Si-ncs) and two conjugated polymers (poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and poly(methoxy ethylexyloxy phenylenevinilene) (MEH PPV)) with improved photostability were fabricated. We show that a top-down approach by electrochemical etching is suitable for preparing doped (boron and phosphorus) freestanding and surfactant-free Si-ncs. The doping of Si-ncs was confirmed by low temperature photoluminescence and electron spin resonance analysis. It is demonstrated that such Si-ncs can be successfully used for the fabrication of room temperature photoluminescent and photosensitive blends. We argue that the luminescence and transport properties of the blends are controlled by the Si-ncs properties and could be assigned to quantum confinement of excitons in nanocrystalites with an energy band gap of ∼2 eV. Furthermore, the blending of doped Si-ncs in both conjugated polymers led to the establishment of a bulk heterojunction between the Si-ncs and polymer. The difference in electron affinity and ionization potential between nanocrystals and polymer dissociated the excitons. Those blends showed increased carrier transport and photoconductivity under ambient conditions. It was found that introduction of less defective p-type doped Si-ncs significantly improved overall photostability of the blend. The Si-ncs non-toxicity and easy integration into well-established silicon technologies might bring considerable benefit for hybrid optoelectronic and photovoltaic device development.

  10. Method of forming electronically conducting polymers on conducting and nonconducting substrates

    Murphy, Oliver J. (Inventor); Hitchens, G. Duncan (Inventor); Hodko, Dalibor (Inventor); Clarke, Eric T. (Inventor); Miller, David L. (Inventor); Parker, Donald L. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    The present invention provides electronically conducting polymer films formed from photosensitive formulations of pyrrole and an electron acceptor that have been selectively exposed to UV light, laser light, or electron beams. The formulations may include photoinitiators, flexibilizers, solvents and the like. These solutions can be used in applications including printed circuit boards and through-hole plating and enable direct metallization processes on non-conducting substrates. After forming the conductive polymer patterns, a printed wiring board can be formed by sensitizing the polymer with palladium and electrolytically depositing copper.

  11. Rapid synthesis of flexible conductive polymer nanocomposite films

    Polymer nanocomposite films with nanoparticle-specific properties are sought out in novel functional materials and miniaturized devices for electronic and biomedical applications. Sensors, capacitors, actuators, displays, circuit boards, solar cells, electromagnetic shields and medical electrodes rely on flexible, electrically conductive layers or films. Scalable synthesis of such nanocomposite films, however, remains a challenge. Here, flame aerosol deposition of metallic nanosliver onto bare or polymer-coated glass substrates followed by polymer spin-coating on them leads to rapid synthesis of flexible, free-standing, electrically conductive nanocomposite films. Their electrical conductivity is determined during their preparation and depends on substrate composition and nanosilver deposition duration. Accordingly, thin (<500 nm) and flexible nanocomposite films are made having conductivity equivalent to metals (e.g. 5  × 104 S cm−1), even during repetitive bending. (paper)

  12. Rapid synthesis of flexible conductive polymer nanocomposite films.

    Blattmann, C O; Sotiriou, G A; Pratsinis, S E

    2015-03-27

    Polymer nanocomposite films with nanoparticle-specific properties are sought out in novel functional materials and miniaturized devices for electronic and biomedical applications. Sensors, capacitors, actuators, displays, circuit boards, solar cells, electromagnetic shields and medical electrodes rely on flexible, electrically conductive layers or films. Scalable synthesis of such nanocomposite films, however, remains a challenge. Here, flame aerosol deposition of metallic nanosliver onto bare or polymer-coated glass substrates followed by polymer spin-coating on them leads to rapid synthesis of flexible, free-standing, electrically conductive nanocomposite films. Their electrical conductivity is determined during their preparation and depends on substrate composition and nanosilver deposition duration. Accordingly, thin (conductivity equivalent to metals (e.g. 5  × 10(4) S cm(-1)), even during repetitive bending. PMID:25736387

  13. Mediating conducting polymer growth within hydrogels by controlling nucleation

    A. J. Patton

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examines the efficacy of primary and secondary nucleation for electrochemical polymerisation of conductive polymers within poly(vinyl alcohol methacrylate hydrogels. The two methods of nucleation investigated were a primary heterogeneous mechanism via introduction of conductive bulk metallic glass (Mg64Zn30Ca5Na1 particles and a secondary mechanism via introduction of “pre-polymerised” conducting polymer within the hydrogel (PEDOT:PSS. Evidence of nucleation was not seen in the bulk metallic glass loaded gels, however, the PEDOT:PSS loaded gels produced charge storage capacities over 15 mC/cm2 when sufficient polymer was loaded. These studies support the hypothesis that secondary nucleation is an efficient approach to producing stand-alone conducting hydrogels.

  14. Phase diagram of hopping conduction mechanisms in polymer nanofiber network

    Li, Jeng-Ting; Lu, Yu-Cheng; Jiang, Shiau-Bin; Zhong, Yuan-Liang, E-mail: ylzhong@cycu.edu.tw [Department of Physics and Center for Nanotechnology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li 32023, Taiwan (China); Yeh, Jui-Ming [Department of Chemistry and Center for Nanotechnology, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li 32023, Taiwan (China)

    2015-12-07

    Network formation by nanofiber crosslinking is usually in polymer materials as application in organic semiconductor devices. Electron hopping transport mechanisms depend on polymer morphology in network. Conducting polymers morphology in a random network structure is modeled by a quasi-one-dimensional system coupled of chains or fibers. We observe the varying hopping conduction mechanisms in the polyaniline nanofibers of the random network structure. The average diameter d of the nanofibers is varied from approximately 10 to 100 nm. The different dominant hopping mechanisms including Efros-Shklovskii variable-range hopping (VRH), Mott VRH, and nearest-neighbor hopping are dependent on temperature range and d in crossover changes. The result of this study is first presented in a phase diagram of hopping conduction mechanisms based on the theories of the random network model. The hopping conduction mechanism is unlike in normal semiconductor materials.

  15. Phase diagram of hopping conduction mechanisms in polymer nanofiber network

    Network formation by nanofiber crosslinking is usually in polymer materials as application in organic semiconductor devices. Electron hopping transport mechanisms depend on polymer morphology in network. Conducting polymers morphology in a random network structure is modeled by a quasi-one-dimensional system coupled of chains or fibers. We observe the varying hopping conduction mechanisms in the polyaniline nanofibers of the random network structure. The average diameter d of the nanofibers is varied from approximately 10 to 100 nm. The different dominant hopping mechanisms including Efros-Shklovskii variable-range hopping (VRH), Mott VRH, and nearest-neighbor hopping are dependent on temperature range and d in crossover changes. The result of this study is first presented in a phase diagram of hopping conduction mechanisms based on the theories of the random network model. The hopping conduction mechanism is unlike in normal semiconductor materials

  16. Lithium ion conducting solid polymer blend electrolyte based on bio-degradable polymers

    Natarajan Rajeswari; Subramanian Selvasekarapandian; Moni Prabu; Shunmugavel Karthikeyan; C Sanjeeviraja

    2013-04-01

    Lithium ion conducting polymer blend electrolyte films based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) with different Mwt% of lithium nitrate (LiNO3) salt, using a solution cast technique, have been prepared. The polymer blend electrolyte has been characterized by XRD, FTIR, DSC and impedance analyses. The XRD study reveals the amorphous nature of the polymer electrolyte. The FTIR study confirms the complex formation between the polymer and salt. The shifts in g values of 70 PVA–30 PVP blend and 70 PVA–30 PVP with different Mwt% of LiNO3 electrolytes shown by DSC thermograms indicate an interaction between the polymer and the salt. The dependence of g and conductivity upon salt concentration has been discussed. The ion conductivity of the prepared polymer electrolyte has been found by a.c. impedance spectroscopic analysis. The PVA–PVP blend system with a composition of 70 wt% PVA: 30 wt% PVP exhibits the highest conductivity of 1.58 × 10-6 Scm-1 at room temperature. Polymer samples of 70 wt% PVA–30 wt% PVP blend with different molecular weight percentage of lithium nitrate with DMSO as solvent have been prepared and studied. High conductivity of 6.828 × 10-4 Scm-1 has been observed for the composition of 70 PVA:30 PVP:25 Mwt% of LiNO3 with low activation energy 0.2673 eV. The conductivity is found to increase with increase in temperature. The temperature dependent conductivity of the polymer electrolyte follows the Arrhenius relationship which shows hopping of ions in the polymer matrix. The relaxation parameters () and () of the complexes have been calculated by using loss tangent spectra. The mechanical properties of polymer blend electrolyte such as tensile strength, elongation and degree of swelling have been measured and the results are presented.

  17. Conducting polymers: nobel prize in chemistry, 2000

    Menon, Reghu

    2000-01-01

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2000 has been awarded to Alan J. Heeger (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA), Alan G. MacDiarmid (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Hideki Shirakawa4 (University of Tsukuba, Japan). The citation for the reward – ‘for the discovery and development of electrically conductive polymers’. Moreover, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences pointed out that the award is being motivated by the ‘important scientific position that the field has achieved and the...

  18. Electrochemical Analysis of Conducting Polymer Thin Films

    Bin Wang; Vyas, Ritesh N.

    2010-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers built via the layer-by-layer (LbL) method has been one of the most promising systems in the field of materials science. Layered structures can be constructed by the adsorption of various polyelectrolyte species onto the surface of a solid or liquid material by means of electrostatic interaction. The thickness of the adsorbed layers can be tuned precisely in the nanometer range. Stable, semiconducting thin films are interesting research subjects. We use a conducting...

  19. Electrical characterization of proton conducting polymer electrolyte based on bio polymer with acid dopant

    Kalaiselvimary, J.; Pradeepa, P.; Sowmya, G.; Edwinraj, S.; Prabhu, M. Ramesh

    2016-05-01

    This study describes the biodegradable acid doped films composed of chitosan and Perchloric acid with different ratios (2.5 wt %, 5 wt %, 7.5 wt %, 10 wt %) was prepared by the solution casting technique. The temperature dependence of the proton conductivity of complex electrolytes obeys the Arrhenius relationship. Proton conductivity of the prepared polymer electrolyte of the bio polymer with acid doped was measured to be approximately 5.90 × 10-4 Scm-1. The dielectric data were analyzed using Complex impedance Z*, Dielectric loss ɛ', Tangent loss for prepared polymer electrolyte membrane with the highest conductivity samples at various temperature.

  20. A Conducting Polymer Film Stronger Than Aluminum

    Shi, Gaoquan; Jin, Shi; Xue, Gi; Li, Cun

    1995-02-01

    Polythiophene (Pth) was electrochemically deposited onto stainless steel substrate from freshly distilled boron fluoride-ethyl ether containing 10 millimoles of thiophene per liter. The free-standing Pth film obtained at an applied potential of 1.3 volts (versus Ag/AgCl) had a conductivity of 48.7 siemens per centimeter. Its tensile strength (1200 to 1300 kilograms per square centimeter) was greater than that of aluminium (1000 to 1100 kilograms per square centimeter). This Pth film behaves like a metal sheet and can be easily cut into various structures with a knife or a pair of scissors.

  1. Study of PEDOT conductive polymer films by admittance measurements

    Research highlights: → Microwave technique to measure the conductivity of PEDOT films. → PEDOT conductivity depends on its mesoscopic scale structure and oxidation level. → Raman spectroscopy and SEM analysis to study structure and morphology of PEDOT. → Microwave measurements allow determination of the macroscopic scale conductivity. → Microwave measurements overcome problems related to the local structural defects and inhomogeneities of PEDOT. - Abstract: In this paper we propose the use of a microwave technique to measure the conductivity of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) films. The PEDOT layers were prepared by electropolymerization from aqueous solutions using both poly(sodium 4-styrene sulphonate) (NaPSS) and sodium dodecyl sulphate (NaDS) acting as monomer solubilizer and dopant for the polymer. The conductive properties of a series of samples produced under different synthesis conditions and characterized by different structures have been investigated by microwave measurements in the frequency range from 40 MHz to 40 GHz by using a Corbino disc geometry. Such technique allows to estimate the mean conductivity of the polymer samples overcoming the limitations of the measuring configurations typically imposed by the conventional d.c. measurements. The morphology of PEDOT films and the structure of polymer chains were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy, respectively. The correlated morphological, structural and microwave analysis enabled us to evidence several factors that affect the macroscopic scale conductivity of the polymer sample films and to identify the conditions for preparation of PEDOT films with functional properties relevant to technological applications.

  2. Preparation of Conducting Polymers by Electrochemical Methods and Demonstration of a Polymer Battery

    Goto, Hiromasa; Yoneyama, Hiroyuki; Togashi, Fumihiro; Ohta, Reina; Tsujimoto, Akitsu; Kita, Eiji; Ohshima, Ken-ichi

    2008-01-01

    The electrochemical polymerization of aniline and pyrrole, and demonstrations of electrochromism and the polymer battery effect, are presented as demonstrations suitable for high school and introductory chemistry at the university level. These demonstrations promote student interest in the electrochemical preparation of conducting polymers, where…

  3. Corrosion Protection of Steels by Conducting Polymer Coating

    Toshiaki Ohtsuka

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion protection of steels by conducting polymer coating is reviewed. The conducting polymer such as polyaniline, polypyrrole, and polythiophen works as a strong oxidant to the steel, inducing the potential shift to the noble direction. The strongly oxidative conducting polymer facilitates the steel to be passivated. A bilayered PPy film was designed for the effective corrosion protection. It consisted of the inner layer in which phosphomolybdate ion, PMo12O3−40 (PMo, was doped and the outer layer in which dodecylsulfate ion (DoS was doped. The inner layer stabilized the passive oxide and the outer possessed anionic perm-selectivity to inhibit the aggressive anions such as chloride from penetrating through the PPy film to the substrate steel. By the bilayered PPy film, the steel was kept passive for about 200 h in 3.5% sodium chloride solution without formation of corrosion products.

  4. Tunable Nanopatterning of Conductive Polymers via Electrohydrodynamic Lithography

    Rickard, Jonathan James Stanley; Farrer, Ian; Goldberg Oppenheimer, Pola

    2016-01-01

    An increasing number of technologies require the fabrication of conductive structures on a broad range of scales and over large areas. Here, we introduce advanced yet simple electrohydrodynamic lithography (EHL) for patterning conductive polymers directly on a substrate with high fidelity. We illustrate the generality of this robust, low-cost method by structuring thin polypyrrole films via electric-field-induced instabilities, yielding well-defined conductive structures with feature sizes ra...

  5. Corrosion-protective coatings from electrically conducting polymers

    Thompson, Karen Gebert; Bryan, Coleman J.; Benicewicz, Brian C.; Wrobleski, Debra A.

    1991-01-01

    In a joint effort between NASA Kennedy and LANL, electrically conductive polymer coatings were developed as corrosion protective coatings for metal surfaces. At NASA Kennedy, the launch environment consist of marine, severe solar, and intermittent high acid and/or elevated temperature conditions. Electrically conductive polymer coatings were developed which impart corrosion resistance to mild steel when exposed to saline and acidic environments. Such coatings also seem to promote corrosion resistance in areas of mild steel where scratches exist in the protective coating. Such coatings appear promising for many commercial applications.

  6. Electrically Conductive Multiphase Polymer Blend Carbon-Based Composites

    Brigandi, Paul James

    The use of multiphase polymer blends provides unique morphologies and properties to reduce the percolation concentration and increase conductivity of carbon-based polymer composites. These systems offer improved conductivity, temperature stability and selective distribution of the conductive filler through unique morphologies at significantly lower conductive filler concentration. In this work, the kinetic and thermodynamic effects on a series of multiphase conductive polymer composites were investigated. The polymer blend phase morphology, filler distribution, electrical conductivity, and rheological properties of CB-filled PP/PMMA/EAA conductive polymer composites were determined. Thermodynamic and kinetic parameters were found to influence the morphology development and final composite properties. The morphology and CB distribution were found to be kinetically driven when annealed for a short period of time following the shear-intensive mixing process, whereas the three-phase polymer blend morphology is driven by thermodynamics when given sufficient time under high temperature annealing conditions in the melt state. At short annealing times, the CB distribution was influenced by the compounding sequence where the CB was added after being premixed with one of the polymer phases or directly added to the three phase polymer melt, but again was thermodynamically driven at longer annealing times with the CB migrating to the EAA phase. The resistivity was found to decrease by a statistically significant amount to similar levels for all of the composite systems with increasing annealing time, providing evidence of gradual phase coalescence to a tri-continuous morphology and CB migration. The addition of CB via the PP and EAA masterbatch results in significantly faster percolation and lower resistivity compared to when added direct to the system during compounding after 30 minutes annealing by a statistically significant amount. Dynamic oscillatory shear rheology using

  7. Fabrication, Modelling and Application of Conductive Polymer Composites

    Price, Aaron David

    Electroactive polymers (EAP) are an emerging branch of smart materials that possess the capability to change shape in the presence of an electric field. Opportunities for the advancement of knowledge were identified in the branch of EAP consisting of inherently electrically conductive polymers. This dissertation explores methods by which the unique properties of composite materials having conductive polymers as a constituent may be exploited. Chapter 3 describes the blending of polyaniline with conventional thermoplastics. Processing these polyblends into foams yielded a porous conductive material. The effect of blend composition and processing parameters on the resulting porous morphology and electrical conductivity was investigated. These findings represent the first systematic study of porous conductive polymer blends. In Chapter 4, multilayer electroactive polymer actuators consisting of polypyrrole films electropolymerized on a passive polymer membrane core were harnessed as actuators. The membrane is vital in the transport of ionic species and largely dictates the stiffness of the layered configuration. The impact of the mechanical properties of the membrane on the actuation response of polypyrrole-based trilayer bending actuators was investigated. Candidate materials with distinct morphologies were identified and their mechanical properties were evaluated. These results indicated that polyvinylidene difluoride membranes were superior to the other candidates. An electrochemical synthesis procedure was proposed, and the design of a novel polymerization vessel was reported. These facilities were utilized to prepare actuators under a variety of synthesis conditions to investigate the impact of conductive polymer morphology on the electromechanical response. Characterization techniques were implemented to quantitatively assess physical and electrochemical properties of the layered composite. Chapter 5 proposes a new unified multiphysics model that captures the

  8. Spontaneous Emission Enhancement from polymer-embedded colloidal PbS Nanocrystals into Si-based photonics at telecom wavelengths

    Humer, Markus; Jantsch, Wolfgang; Fromherz, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the coupling of optically excited PbS nanocrystal (NC) photoluminescence (PL) into Si-based ring resonators and waveguides at 300K. The PbS NCs are dissolved into Novolak polymer at various concentrations and applied by drop-casting. The coupling mechanism and the spontaneous emission enhancement are experimentally investigated and compared to theoretical predictions. Quality (Q) factors of 2500 were obtained in emission and transmission for wavelengths centered around 1.45{\\mu}m. PL intensity shows a linear dependence on the excitation power and no degradation of the Q factors. Devices with stable optical properties are obtained by this versatile technique.

  9. Tunable Nanopatterning of Conductive Polymers via Electrohydrodynamic Lithography.

    Rickard, Jonathan James Stanley; Farrer, Ian; Goldberg Oppenheimer, Pola

    2016-03-22

    An increasing number of technologies require the fabrication of conductive structures on a broad range of scales and over large areas. Here, we introduce advanced yet simple electrohydrodynamic lithography (EHL) for patterning conductive polymers directly on a substrate with high fidelity. We illustrate the generality of this robust, low-cost method by structuring thin polypyrrole films via electric-field-induced instabilities, yielding well-defined conductive structures with feature sizes ranging from tens of micrometers to hundreds of nanometers. Exploitation of a conductive polymer induces free charge suppression of the field in the polymer film, paving the way for accessing scale sizes in the low submicron range. We show the feasibility of the polypyrrole-based structures for field-effect transistor devices. Controlled EHL pattering of conductive polymer structures at the micro and nano scale demonstrated in this study combined with the possibility of effectively tuning the dimensions of the tailor-made architectures might herald a route toward various submicron device applications in supercapacitors, photovoltaics, sensors, and electronic displays. PMID:26905779

  10. Advanced Proton Conducting Polymer Electrolytes for Electrochemical Capacitors

    Gao, Han

    Research on solid electrochemical energy storage devices aims to provide high performance, low cost, and safe operation solutions for emerging applications from flexible consumer electronics to microelectronics. Polymer electrolytes, minimizing device sealing and liquid electrolyte leakage, are key enablers for these next-generation technologies. In this thesis, a novel proton-conducing polymer electrolyte system has been developed using heteropolyacids (HPAs) and polyvinyl alcohol for electrochemical capacitors. A thorough understanding of proton conduction mechanisms of HPAs together with the interactions among HPAs, additives, and polymer framework has been developed. Structure and chemical bonding of the electrolytes have been studied extensively to identify and elucidate key attributes affecting the electrolyte properties. Numerical models describing the proton conduction mechanism have been applied to differentiate those attributes. The performance optimization of the polymer electrolytes through additives, polymer structural modifications, and synthesis of alternative HPAs has achieved several important milestones, including: (a) high proton mobility and proton density; (b) good ion accessibility at electrode/electrolyte interface; (c) wide electrochemical stability window; and (d) good environmental stability. Specifically, high proton mobility has been addressed by cross-linking the polymer framework to improve the water storage capability at normal-to-high humidity conditions (e.g. 50-80% RH) as well as by incorporating nano-fillers to enhance the water retention at normal humidity levels (e.g. 30-60% RH). High proton density has been reached by utilizing additional proton donors (i.e. acidic plasticizers) and by developing different HPAs. Good ion accessibility has been achieved through addition of plasticizers. Electrochemical stability window of the electrolyte system has also been investigated and expanded by utilizing HPAs with different heteroatoms

  11. Effects of preparation temperature on the conductivity of polypyrrole conducting polymer

    Anuar Kassim; Zarina Bte Basar; H N M Ekramul Mahmud

    2002-04-01

    An attempt has been made to investigate the effect of temperature on the conductivity of polypyrrole conducting polymer films prepared by an electrochemical method in an aqueous medium using camphor sulfonate as the dopant. The polymer was grown from aqueous solutions employing a range of temperatures (1-60°C). It was found that with increase in temperature the conductivity decreased and the optimum temperature was found to be between 10 and 30°C. The results show that the polymer formed at low temperature has higher conductivity and is stronger than that formed at higher temperatures. Characterization by X-ray scattering shows that interlayer distance, Bragg (Å), increases with increasing temperature. The morphology of the films formed was studied by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The changes in conductivity and physical appearance were interpreted as being due to compactness in the molecular packing and formation of linkages in the film.

  12. Electrochemical Formation of Polypyrrole-carboxymethylcellulose Conducting Polymer Composite Films

    H.N.M. Ekramul Mahmud; Anuar Kassim; Zulkarnain Zainal; Wan Mahmood Mat Yunus

    2005-01-01

    The electrochemical preparation of polypyrrole-carboxymethylcellulose (PPY-CMC) conducting polymer composite films on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass electrode from an aqueous solution containing pyrrole monomer, ptoluenesulfonate electrolyte and carboxymethylcellulose insulating polymer is reported. The characterization by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) shows that carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) has been successfully incorporated into polypyrrole structure forming PPY-CMC polymer composite films. The conductivity of the prepared composite films was found to increase with increaseing CMC concentration in pyrrole solution. The optical microscopic results show the influence of CMC concentration in the pyrrole solution over the morphological changes of the prepared films. The dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) on the prepared PPY-CMC film reveals the higher plastic property of the PPY-CMC composite film.

  13. Purification of a conducting polymer, polyaniline, for biomedical applications

    Stejskal, Jaroslav; Hajná, Milena; Kašpárková, V.; Humpolíček, P.; Zhigunov, Alexander; Trchová, Miroslava

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 195, September (2014), s. 286-293. ISSN 0379-6779 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-08944S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : biocompatibility * conducting polymer * polyaniline Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.252, year: 2014

  14. Spectra of graphs and semi-conducting polymers

    Schapotschnikow, Philipp; Gnutzmann, Sven

    2007-01-01

    We study the band gap in some semi-conducting polymers with two models: H\\"uckel molecular orbital theory and the so-called free electron model. The two models are directly related to spectral theory on combinatorial and metric graphs.

  15. Conducting polymer based materials for the fuel cell applications

    Sapurina, I. Yu.; Stejskal, Jaroslav; Kompan, M.

    Sankt Peterburg : Fiziko-techničeskij Institut im. A. F. Ioffe, 2005. s. 39. [Meždunarodnyj Seminar: Rossijskie technologii dlja industrii /9./. 30.5.2005-1.6.2005, Sankt Peterburg] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : fuel cell * conducting polymers Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  16. Physical properties of Li ion conducting polyphosphazene based polymer electrolytes

    Sanderson, S.; Zawodzinski, T.; Hermes, R.; Davey, J.; Dai, Hongli

    1996-12-31

    We report a systematic study of the transport properties and the underlying physical chemistry of some polyphosphazene (PPhz)-based polymer electrolytes. We synthesized MEEP and variants which employed mixed combinations of different length oxyethylene side-chains. We compare the conductivity and ion-ion interactions in polymer electrolytes obtained with lithium triflate and lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TFSI) salts added to the polymer. The combination of the lithium imide salt and MEEP yields a maximum conductivity of 8 x 10{sup -5} {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1} at room temperature at a salt loading of 8 monomers per lithium. In one of the mixed side-chain variations, a maximum conductivity of 2 x 10{sup -4} {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1} was measured at the same molar ratio. Raman spectral analysis shows some ion aggregation and some polymer - ion interactions in the PPhz-LiTFSI case but much less than observed with Li CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}. A sharp increase in the Tg as salt is added corresponds to concentrations above which the conductivity significantly decreases and ion associations appear.

  17. Soft capacitor fibers using conductive polymers for electronic textiles

    Gu, Jian Feng; Gorgutsa, Stephan; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2010-01-01

    A novel, highly flexible, conductive polymer-based fiber with high electric capacitance is reported. In its crossection the fiber features a periodic sequence of hundreds of conductive and isolating plastic layers positioned around metallic electrodes. The fiber is fabricated using fiber drawing method, where a multi-material macroscopic preform is drawn into a sub-millimeter capacitor fiber in a single fabrication step. Several kilometres of fibers can be obtained from a single preform with ...

  18. Shear induced electrical behaviour of conductive polymer composites

    Stary, Zdenek; Krückel, Johannes; Schubert, Dirk W.

    2013-01-01

    The time-dependent electrical resistance of polymethylmethacrylate containing carbon black was measured under oscillatory shear in the molten state. The electrical signal was oscillating exactly at the doubled frequency of the oscillatory shear deformation. Moreover, the experimental results gave a hint to the development of conductive structures in polymer melts under shear deformation. It was shown that the flow induced destruction of conductive paths dominates over the flow induced build-u...

  19. Homogeneous Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals/graphene oxide nanocomposites as hole transport layer for polymer solar cells

    Tan, Licheng; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Yiwang; Chen, Yufeng

    2015-02-01

    Homogeneous Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals/graphene oxide (CZTSe@GO) nanocomposite as hole transport layer (HTL) applied in polymer solar cells has been fabricated through a simple and solution-processed strategy, which not only arrests the aggregation of nanoparticles caused by ligand-exchanging, but also guarantees the intimate interfacial contact between graphene oxide and semiconductor nanocrystals. Comparing with Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals, the optimization of interfacial charge carrier transfer pathways for CZTSe@GO nanocomposites makes it more suitable as HTL which shows enhanced charge carrier transport and electron-blocking capacity, and well-matched work function facilitating collection of charges to anode. Besides, it also affords an efficient way to manufacture multifunctional nanocomposites based on nanocrystals.

  20. MEASUREMENT METHOD AND PHYSICAL MODEL OF VSC CONDUCTIVITY AND ITS APPLICATIONS IN CONDUCTING POLYMERS

    WAN Meixiang

    1989-01-01

    Method of VSC (Voltage Shorted Compaction ) can be used to determine the intrinsic temperature dependence of conductivity of polycrystalline compaction .The experimental conditions and technical key for preparation of VSC device and its physical model as well as its applications in conducting polymers are discussed in detail.

  1. New secondary batteries utilizing electronically conductive polymer cathodes

    Martin, Charles R.; White, Ralph E.

    1989-01-01

    The objectives of this project are to characterize the transport properties in electronically conductive polymers and to assess the utility of these films as cathodes in lithium/polymer secondary batteries. During this research period, progress has been made in a literature survey of the historical background, methods of preparation, the physical and chemical properties, and potential technological applications of polythiophene. Progress has also been made in the characterization of polypyrrole flat films and fibrillar films. Cyclic voltammetry and potential step chronocoulometry were used to gain information on peak currents and potentials switching reaction rates, charge capacity, and charge retention. Battery charge/discharge studies were also performed.

  2. Electropolymerization on wireless electrodes towards conducting polymer microfibre networks.

    Koizumi, Yuki; Shida, Naoki; Ohira, Masato; Nishiyama, Hiroki; Tomita, Ikuyoshi; Inagi, Shinsuke

    2016-01-01

    Conducting polymers can be easily obtained by electrochemical oxidation of aromatic monomers on an electrode surface as a film state. To prepare conducting polymer fibres by electropolymerization, templates such as porous membranes are necessary in the conventional methods. Here we report the electropolymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene and its derivatives by alternating current (AC)-bipolar electrolysis. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) derivatives were found to propagate as a fibre form from the ends of Au wires used as bipolar electrodes (BPEs) parallel to an external electric field, without the use of templates. The effects of applied frequency and of the solvent on the morphology, growth rate and degree of branching of these PEDOT fibres were investigated. In addition, a chain-growth model for the formation of conductive material networks was also demonstrated. PMID:26804140

  3. Structure evolution of implanted polymers: Buried conductive layer formation

    The polarization, temperature and frequency dependence of the conductivity of polyethylene and poliamide-6 films implanted with B+ ions at 60-100 keV to various fluences were investigated. The phenomenon of hysteresis was observed in the d.c. current-voltage dependence for the polymers implanted with moderate fluences. This effect was attributed to the aligning of electric dipoles (attributed to the carbon-rich clusters) in the implanted layer by the applied electric field. The possibility of fabrication of a sandwich structure insulator/conductive layer/insulator combining the ion implantation with the electrochemical deposition of dielectric polymer poly-ortho-phenylenediamine from solution was demonstrated. The spatial characteristics of this structure enable the control of the conductance of the concealed carbonaceous layer by applying an external electric field that opens the way for fabrication of a transistor-like electronic switch

  4. Electropolymerization on wireless electrodes towards conducting polymer microfibre networks

    Koizumi, Yuki; Shida, Naoki; Ohira, Masato; Nishiyama, Hiroki; Tomita, Ikuyoshi; Inagi, Shinsuke

    2016-01-01

    Conducting polymers can be easily obtained by electrochemical oxidation of aromatic monomers on an electrode surface as a film state. To prepare conducting polymer fibres by electropolymerization, templates such as porous membranes are necessary in the conventional methods. Here we report the electropolymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene and its derivatives by alternating current (AC)-bipolar electrolysis. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) derivatives were found to propagate as a fibre form from the ends of Au wires used as bipolar electrodes (BPEs) parallel to an external electric field, without the use of templates. The effects of applied frequency and of the solvent on the morphology, growth rate and degree of branching of these PEDOT fibres were investigated. In addition, a chain-growth model for the formation of conductive material networks was also demonstrated.

  5. Thiophene in Conducting Polymers: Synthesis of Poly(thiophene)s and Other Conjugated Polymers Containing Thiophenes, for Application in Polymer Solar Cells

    Livi, Francesco; Carlé, Jon Eggert; Bundgaard, Eva

    2015-01-01

    Conducting polymers based on thiophene are described. The polymers include poly(thiophene) with and without side-chains and other conjugated polymers in general, based on thiophene. The synthesis and characteristics of the polymers are described along with the application of these as light......-absorbing materials in polymer solar cells....

  6. Electrically conductive, optically transparent polymer/carbon nanotube composites

    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Smith, Jr., Joseph G. (Inventor); Harrison, Joycelyn S. (Inventor); Park, Cheol (Inventor); Watson, Kent A. (Inventor); Ounaies, Zoubeida (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    The present invention is directed to the effective dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into polymer matrices. The nanocomposites are prepared using polymer matrices and exhibit a unique combination of properties, most notably, high retention of optical transparency in the visible range (i.e., 400-800 nm), electrical conductivity, and high thermal stability. By appropriate selection of the matrix resin, additional properties such as vacuum ultraviolet radiation resistance, atomic oxygen resistance, high glass transition (T.sub.g) temperatures, and excellent toughness can be attained. The resulting nanocomposites can be used to fabricate or formulate a variety of articles such as coatings on a variety of substrates, films, foams, fibers, threads, adhesives and fiber coated prepreg. The properties of the nanocomposites can be adjusted by selection of the polymer matrix and CNT to fabricate articles that possess high optical transparency and antistatic behavior.

  7. Kinetic features of radiation-induced electric conductivity in polymers

    Dependence of radiation-induced electric conductivity (EC) of certain polymers on the time of irradiation by accelerated electrons (75 keV in the range of dose rate D = 20-500 Gy/s) with varying irradiation temperature, dose rate and electric field intensity has been studied. Existence of three stages of EC increase has been revealed in all the polymers studied: 'instant' (time of increment t << 1 s), 'fast' (t = 1-10 s) and 'decelerated' (t = 10-1000 s). It is shown that kinetic regularities of polymer EC can not be coordinated in the framework of the model of multiple capture of charges. The conclusion is made on determining role of molecular mobility in transfer of charge carriers generated by ionizing radiation. 12 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  8. Mechanistic study of silver nanoparticle formation on conducting polymer surfaces.

    Mack, Nathan H; Bailey, James A; Doorn, Stephen K; Chen, Chien-An; Gau, Han-Mou; Xu, Ping; Williams, Darrick J; Akhadov, Elshan A; Wang, Hsing-Lin

    2011-04-19

    Conducting polymer (polyaniline) sheets are shown to be active substrates to promote the growth of nanostructured silver thin films with highly tunable morphologies. Using the spontaneous electroless deposition of silver, we show that a range of nanostructured metallic features can be controllably and reproducibly formed over large surface areas. The structural morphology of the resulting metal-polymer nanocomposite is demonstrated to be sensitive to experimental parameters such as ion concentration, temperature, and polymer processing and can range from densely packed oblate nanosheets to bulk crystalline metals. The deposition mechanisms are explained using a diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) model to describe the semi-fractal-like growth of the metal nanostructures. We find these composite films to exhibit strong surface-enhanced Raman (SERS) activity, and the nanostructured features are optimized with respect to SERS activity using a self-assembled monolayer of mercapto-benzoic acid as a model Raman reporter. SERS enhancements are estimated to be on the order of 10(7). Through micro-Raman SERS mapping, these materials are shown to exhibit uniform SERS responses over macroscopic areas. These metal-polymer nanocomposites benefit from the underlying polymer's processability to yield SERS-active materials of almost limitless shape and size and show significant promise for future SERS-based sensing and detection schemes. PMID:21434643

  9. Interdiffusion and Spinodal Decomposition in Electrically Conducting Polymer Blends

    Antti Takala

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The impact of phase morphology in electrically conducting polymer composites has become essential for the efficiency of the various functional applications, in which the continuity of the electroactive paths in multicomponent systems is essential. For instance in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells, where the light-induced electron transfer through photon absorption creating excitons (electron-hole pairs, the control of diffusion of the spatially localized excitons and their dissociation at the interface and the effective collection of holes and electrons, all depend on the surface area, domain sizes, and connectivity in these organic semiconductor blends. We have used a model semiconductor polymer blend with defined miscibility to investigate the phase separation kinetics and the formation of connected pathways. Temperature jump experiments were applied from a miscible region of semiconducting poly(alkylthiophene (PAT blends with ethylenevinylacetate-elastomers (EVA and the kinetics at the early stages of phase separation were evaluated in order to establish bicontinuous phase morphology via spinodal decomposition. The diffusion in the blend was followed by two methods: first during a miscible phase separating into two phases: from the measurement of the spinodal decomposition. Secondly the diffusion was measured by monitoring the interdiffusion of PAT film into the EVA film at elected temperatures and eventually compared the temperature dependent diffusion characteristics. With this first quantitative evaluation of the spinodal decomposition as well as the interdiffusion in conducting polymer blends, we show that a systematic control of the phase separation kinetics in a polymer blend with one of the components being electrically conducting polymer can be used to optimize the morphology.

  10. Stably Doped Conducting Polymer Nanoshells by Surface Initiated Polymerization.

    Li, Junwei; Yoon, Soon Joon; Hsieh, Bao-Yu; Tai, Wanyi; O'Donnell, Matthew; Gao, Xiaohu

    2015-12-01

    Despite broad applications ranging from electronics to biomedical sensing and imaging, a long-standing problem of conducting polymers is the poor resistance to dedoping, which directly affects their signature electrical and optical properties. This problem is particularly significant for biomedical uses because of fast leaching of dopant ions in physiological environments. Here, we describe a new approach to engineer multimodal core-shell nanoparticles with a stably doped conductive polymer shell in biological environments. It was achieved by making a densely packed polymer brush rather than changing its molecular structure. Polyaniline (PANI) was used as a model compound due to its concentrated near-infrared (NIR) absorption. It was grafted onto a magnetic nanoparticle via a polydopamine intermediate layer. Remarkably, at pH 7 its conductivity is ca. 2000× higher than conventional PANI nanoshells. Similarly, its NIR absorption is enhanced by 2 orders of magnitude, ideal for photothermal imaging and therapy. Another surprising finding is its nonfouling property, even outperforming polyethylene glycol. This platform technology is also expected to open exciting opportunities in engineering stable conductive materials for electronics, imaging, and sensing. PMID:26588215

  11. Carbon Nanotubes - Polymer Composites with Enhanced Conductivity using Functionalized Nanotubes

    Ramasubramaniam, Rajagopal; Chen, Jian; Gupta, Rishi

    2003-03-01

    Individual carbon nanotubes show superior electrical, mechanical and thermal properties [1]. Composite materials using carbon nanotubes as fillers are predicted to show similar superior properties. However, realization of such composites has been plagued by poor dispersion of carbon nanotubes in solvents and in polymer matrices. We have developed a method to homogenously disperse carbon nanotubes in polymer matrices using functionalized nanotubes [2]. Thin films of functionalized single walled nanotubes (SWNT) - polystyrene composites and functionalized SWNT - polycarbonate composites were prepared using solution evaporation and spin coating. Both of the composites show several orders of magnitude increase in conductivity for less than 1 wt thresholds of the composites are less than 0.2 wt nanotubes. We attribute the enhanced conduction to the superior dispersion of the functionalized nanotubes in the polymer matrix and to the reduced nanotube waviness resulting from the rigid backbone of the conjugated polymer. References: [1]. R. H. Baughman, A. A. Zakhidov and W. A. de Heer, Science v297, p787 (2002); [2]. J. Chen, H. Liu, W. A. Weimer, M. D. Halls, D. H. Waldeck and G. C. Walker, J. Am. Chem. Soc. v124, p9034 (2002).

  12. Conducting polymer/carbon nanocoil composite electrodes for efficient supercapacitors

    Baby, Rakhi Raghavan

    2012-01-01

    Herein, we report for the first time, conducting polymer (polyaniline (PANI) and polypyrrole (PPY)) coated carbon nanocoils (CNCs) as efficient binder-free electrode materials for supercapacitors. CNCs act as a perfect backbone for the uniform distribution of the conducting polymers in the composites. In two electrode configuration, the samples exhibited high specific capacitance with the values reaching up to 360 and 202 F g -1 for PANI/CNCs and PPY/CNCs respectively. The values obtained for specific capacitance and maximum storage energy per unit mass of the composites were found to be comparable to one of the best reported values for polymer coated multi-walled carbon nanotubes. In addition, the fabricated PANI/CNC based supercapacitors exhibited a high value of 44.61 Wh kg -1 for maximum storage energy per unit mass. Although the devices exhibit an initial capacitance loss due to the instability of the polymer, the specific capacitance stabilizes at a fixed value after 500 charge-discharge cycles. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  13. Experimental investigations on a proton conducting nanocomposite polymer electrolyte

    A new proton conducting nanocomposite polymer electrolyte (NCPE) comprising polyethylene oxide (PEO)-NH4HSO4 salt complex dispersed with nanosized SiO2 particles has been investigated. The NCPE films have been formed following the usual solution cast method. The results of various studies based on scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy as well as some basic ionic transport parameters, namely conductivity, and ionic transference number, are presented and discussed. SiO2 concentration dependent conductivity measurements have been carried out on the NCPE films at room temperature. This study revealed the existence of two conductivity maxima at SiO2 concentrations ∼3 and 12 wt% which have been attributed to two percolation thresholds in the composite polymer electrolyte phase. An optimum value of conductivity (σ ∼ 6.2 x 10-5 S cm-1 at 27 0C) was achieved for the NCPE film with 3 wt% SiO2 dispersion. This has been referred to as optimum conducting composition. The temperature dependence of conductivity exhibited an Arrhenius-type thermally activated behaviour both below and above the semicrystalline-amorphous phase transition temperature of PEO

  14. Ultrafast terahertz conductivity and transient optical absorption spectroscopy of silicon nanocrystal thin films

    Titova, Lyubov V.; Harthy, Rahma Al; Cooke, David;

    We use time-resolved THz spectroscopy and transient optical absorption spectroscopy as two complementary techniques to study ultrafast carrier dynamics in silicon nanocrystal thin films. We find that the photoconductive dynamics in these materials is dominated by interface trapping, and we observe...

  15. Sub-Micrometer Size Structure Fabrication Using a Conductive Polymer

    Junji Sone

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Stereolithography that uses a femtosecond laser was employed as a method for multiphoton-sensitized polymerization. We studied the stereolithography method, which produces duplicate solid shapes corresponding to the trajectory of the laser focus point and can be used to build a three-dimensional (3D structure using a conductive polymer. To achieve this, we first considered a suitable polymerization condition for line stereolithography. However, this introduced a problem of irregular polymerization. To overcome this, we constructed a support in the polymerized part using a protein material. This method can stabilize polymerization, but it is not suited for building 3D shapes. Therefore, we considered whether heat accumulation causes the irregular polymerization; consequently, the reduction method of the repetition rate of the femtosecond laser was used to reduce the heating process. This method enabled stabilization and building of a 3D shape using photo-polymerization of a conductive polymer.

  16. Photovoltaic Cells with TiO2 Nanocrystals and Conjugated Polymer Composites

    YU Huang-Zhong; LIU Jin-Cheng; PENG Jun-Biao

    2008-01-01

    @@ Various compositional photovoltaic cells based on the blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as donors and TiO2 nanoerystals as acceptors are fabricated and investigated. It is demonstrated that the blend ratio of P3HT and TiO2 nanocrystals could greatly influence the performance of the photovoltaic cells. The maximum of 0.411% in power conversion efficiency under AM 1.5, 100mW//cm2, and 44.4% of fill factor are obtained in the solar cell with the blend weight ratio 1:1 of P3HT and TiO2 nanocrystals. The function of nanocrystal composition is discussed in terms of the results of photoluminescence spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and charge transport Ⅰ-Ⅴ curve.

  17. Sub-Micrometer Size Structure Fabrication Using a Conductive Polymer

    Junji Sone; Katsumi Yamada; Akihisa Asami; Jun De Chen

    2014-01-01

    Stereolithography that uses a femtosecond laser was employed as a method for multiphoton-sensitized polymerization. We studied the stereolithography method, which produces duplicate solid shapes corresponding to the trajectory of the laser focus point and can be used to build a three-dimensional (3D) structure using a conductive polymer. To achieve this, we first considered a suitable polymerization condition for line stereolithography. However, this introduced a problem of irregular polymeri...

  18. Electrofragmentation modeling of conductive coatings on polymer substrates

    Leterrier, Yves; Pinyol, Albert; Rougier, Luc; Waller, Judith H.; Månson, Jan-Anders E.

    2009-01-01

    Damage occurring under tensile loading and the resulting increase of electrical resistance of indium-doped tin oxide and amorphous graphite coatings on various polymer substrates are investigated, using an electro-fragmentation method in situ in an optical microscope. The electrical resistance is modeled as a function of damage state assuming that the resistance of coating cracks is proportional to their opening, and that there exists a conducting path of constant thickness at the coating/sub...

  19. Electroless deposition of conducting polymers using the scanning electrochemical microscope

    Borgwarth, K.; Ricken, C.; Heinze, J. [Freiburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Physikalische Chemie; Rohde, N.; Hallensleben, M.L.; Mandler, D.

    1999-10-01

    Micropatterning of organic substances using scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) is presented as a versatile, reproducible method for obtaining patterned materials of mesoscopic resolution-between that of conventional lithography and scanning tunneling microscopy or atomic force microscopy. In this technique, conducting polymer is electrolessly deposited on different substrates. It is reported that both flat layers and sets of thin needles protruding from the surface may be formed simply by varying the nature of the redox mediator. (orig.)

  20. Conductive Polymer Combined Silk Fiber Bundle for Bioelectrical Signal Recording

    Shingo Tsukada; Hiroshi Nakashima; Keiichi Torimitsu

    2012-01-01

    Electrode materials for recording biomedical signals, such as electrocardiography (ECG), electroencephalography (EEG) and evoked potentials data, are expected to be soft, hydrophilic and electroconductive to minimize the stress imposed on living tissue, especially during long-term monitoring. We have developed and characterized string-shaped electrodes made from conductive polymer with silk fiber bundles (thread), which offer a new biocompatible stress free interface with living tissue in bot...

  1. A practical multilayered conducting polymer actuator with scalable work output

    Household assistance robots are expected to become more prominent in the future and will require inherently safe design. Conducting polymer-based artificial muscle actuators are one potential option for achieving this safety, as they are flexible, lightweight and can be driven using low input voltages, unlike electromagnetic motors; however, practical implementation also requires a scalable structure and stability in air. In this paper we propose and practically implement a multilayer conducting polymer actuator which could achieve these targets using polypyrrole film and ionic liquid-soaked separators. The practical work density of a nine-layer multilayer actuator was 1.4 kJ m−3 at 0.5 Hz, when the volumes of the electrolyte and counter electrodes were included, which approaches the performance of mammalian muscle. To achieve air stability, we analyzed the effect of air-stable ionic liquid gels on actuator displacement using finite element simulation and it was found that the majority of strain could be retained when the elastic modulus of the gel was kept below 3 kPa. As a result of this work, we have shown that multilayered conducting polymer actuators are a feasible idea for household robotics, as they provide a substantial practical work density in a compact structure and can be easily scaled as required

  2. Microscopic mechanism of reinforcement and conductivity in polymer nanocomposite materials

    Chang, Tae-Eun

    Modification of polymers by adding various nano-particles is an important method to obtain effective enhancement of materials properties. Within this class of materials, carbon nanotubes (CNT) are among the most studied materials for polymer reinforcement due to their extraordinary mechanical properties, superior thermal and electronic properties, and high aspect ratio. However, to unlock the potential of CNTs for applications, CNTs must be well dispersed in a polymer matrix and the microscopic mechanism of polymer reinforcement by CNTs must be understood. In this study, single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) composites with polypropylene (PP)-SWNT and polystyrene (PS)-SWNT were prepared and analyzed. Microscopic study of the mechanism of reinforcement and conductivity by SWNT included Raman spectroscopy, wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and dielectric measurement. For PP-SWNT composites, tensile tests show a three times increase in the Young's modulus with addition of only 1 wt% SWNT, and much diminished increase of modulus with further increase in SWNT concentration. For PS-SWNT composites, well-dispersed SWNT/PS composite has been produced, using initial annealing of SWNT and optimum sonication conditions. The studies on the tangential mode in the Raman spectra and TEM indicated well-dispersed SWNTs in a PS matrix. We show that conductivity appears in composites already at very low concentrations, hinting at the formation of a 'percolative' network even below 0.5% of SWNT. The Raman studies for both composites show good transfer of the applied stress from the polymer matrices to SWNTs. However, no significant improvement of mechanical property is observed for PS-SWNT composites. The reason for only a slight increase of mechanical property remains unknown.

  3. EFFECTS OF TRITIUM GAS EXPOSURE ON ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTING POLYMERS

    Kane, M.; Clark, E.; Lascola, R.

    2009-12-16

    Effects of beta (tritium) and gamma irradiation on the surface electrical conductivity of two types of conducting polymer films are documented to determine their potential use as a sensing and surveillance device for the tritium facility. It was shown that surface conductivity was significantly reduced by irradiation with both gamma and tritium gas. In order to compare the results from the two radiation sources, an approximate dose equivalence was calculated. The materials were also sensitive to small radiation doses (<10{sup 5} rad), showing that there is a measurable response to relatively small total doses of tritium gas. Spectroscopy was also used to confirm the mechanism by which this sensing device would operate in order to calibrate this sensor for potential use. It was determined that one material (polyaniline) was very sensitive to oxidation while the other material (PEDOT-PSS) was not. However, polyaniline provided the best response as a sensing material, and it is suggested that an oxygen-impermeable, radiation-transparent coating be applied to this material for future device prototype fabrication. A great deal of interest has developed in recent years in the area of conducting polymers due to the high levels of conductivity that can be achieved, some comparable to that of metals [Gerard 2002]. Additionally, the desirable physical and chemical properties of a polymer are retained and can be exploited for various applications, including light emitting diodes (LED), anti-static packaging, electronic coatings, and sensors. The electron transfer mechanism is generally accepted as one of electron 'hopping' through delocalized electrons in the conjugated backbone, although other mechanisms have been proposed based on the type of polymer and dopant [Inzelt 2000, Gerard 2002]. The conducting polymer polyaniline (PANi) is of particular interest because there are extensive studies on the modulation of the conductivity by changing either the oxidation

  4. Conductivity Studies of the Plasticized-Poly(methylmethacrylate) Polymer Electrolytes

    A.Ahmad; Z.Osman

    2007-01-01

    1 Results In this work,five systems of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)-based polymer electrolytes films have been prepared by the solution casting technique.The five systems are the (PMMA-EC) system,the (PMMA + PC) system,the (PMMA+LiCF3SO3) system,the ([PMMA+EC]+LiCF3SO3) system and the ([PMMA+PC]+LiCF3SO3) system.The conductivity for each system is characterized using impedance spectroscopy.The conductivity of the pure PMMA,the (PMMA+EC) system and the (PMMA+PC) system at room temperature is 2.37×10-9,3...

  5. Functional Conducting Polymers via Thiol-ene Chemistry

    David C. Martin

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate here that thiol-ene chemistry can be used to provide side-chain functionalized monomers based on 3,4-propylenedioxythiophene (ProDOT containing ionic, neutral, hydrophobic, and hydrophilic side chains. All reactions gave high yields and purification could generally be accomplished through precipitation. These monomers were polymerized either chemically or electro-chemically to give soluble materials or conductive films, respectively. This strategy provides for facile tuning of the solubility, film surface chemistry, and film morphology of this class of conducting polymers.

  6. Ab-initio study of napthelene based conducting polymer

    Ruhela, Ankur [Advanced Materials Research Group, Computational Nanoscience and Technology Lab (CNTL), ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior -474010, India and Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Noida-201303 (India); Kanchan, Reena, E-mail: reena.kanchan1977@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Jiwaji University, Gwalior-474001 (India); Srivastava, Anurag [Advanced Materials Research Group, Computational Nanoscience and Technology Lab (CNTL), ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior -474010 (India); Sinha, O. P. [Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Noida-201303 (India)

    2014-04-24

    In this paper, we have identified structural and electronic properties of conducting polymers by using DFT based ATK-VNL ab-initio tool. Naphthalene derivative structures were stabilized by varying the bond length between two atoms of the molecule C-N and C-C. We have also studied the molecular energy spectrum of naphthalene derivatives and found the HOMOLUMO for the same. A comparison of structural and electronic properties of naphthalene derivatives by attaching the functional group of amine, have been performed and found that they show good semi conducting properties.

  7. Ab-initio study of napthelene based conducting polymer

    In this paper, we have identified structural and electronic properties of conducting polymers by using DFT based ATK-VNL ab-initio tool. Naphthalene derivative structures were stabilized by varying the bond length between two atoms of the molecule C-N and C-C. We have also studied the molecular energy spectrum of naphthalene derivatives and found the HOMOLUMO for the same. A comparison of structural and electronic properties of naphthalene derivatives by attaching the functional group of amine, have been performed and found that they show good semi conducting properties

  8. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent S; Zheng, Honghe

    2014-10-07

    A family of carboxylic acid group containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  9. Feasibility and benefits of using interdigitated electrodes for conductivity measurements on conducting polymers

    Varga, M.; Prokeš, J.; Konyushenko, Elena; Stejskal, Jaroslav

    Atlanta : Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics - Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012. s. 324. [International Conference on Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals 2012 - ICSM 2012. 08.07.2012-13.07.2012, Atlanta] Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : conducting polymers * interdigitated electrodes Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  10. Better Proton-Conducting Polymers for Fuel-Cell Membranes

    Narayan, Sri; Reddy, Prakash

    2012-01-01

    Polyoxyphenylene triazole sulfonic acid has been proposed as a basis for development of improved proton-conducting polymeric materials for solid-electrolyte membranes in hydrogen/air fuel cells. Heretofore, the proton-conducting membrane materials of choice have been exemplified by a family of perfluorosulfonic acid-based polymers (Nafion7 or equivalent). These materials are suitable for operation in the temperature of 75 to 85 C, but in order to reduce the sizes and/or increase the energy-conversion efficiencies of fuel-cell systems, it would be desirable to increase temperatures to as high as 120 C for transportation applications, and to as high as 180 C for stationary applications. However, at 120 C and at relative humidity values below 50 percent, the loss of water from perfluorosulfonic acid-based polymer membranes results in fuel-cell power densities too low to be of practical value. Therefore, membrane electrolyte materials that have usefully high proton conductivity in the temperature range of 180 C at low relative humidity and that do not rely on water for proton conduction at 180 C would be desirable. The proposed polyoxyphenylene triazole sulfonic acid-based materials have been conjectured to have these desirable properties. These materials would be free of volatile or mobile acid constituents. The generic molecular structure of these materials is intended to exploit the fact, demonstrated in previous research, that materials that contain ionizable acid and base groups covalently attached to thermally stable polymer backbones exhibit proton conduction even in the anhydrous state.

  11. Conductivity of oriented bis-azo polymer films

    Apitz, D.; Bertram, R.P.; Benter, N.;

    2006-01-01

    The conductivity properties of electro-optic photoaddressable, dense bis-ozo chromophore polymer films are investigated by using samples corona poled at various temperatures. A dielectric spectrometer is applied to measure the frequency dependence of the conductivity at different temperatures...... before and after heating the material to above the glass transition temperature. The results show that the orientation of the chromophores changes the charge-carrier mobility. Ionic conductivity dominates in a more disordered configuration of the material, while the competing process of hole hopping...... takes over as a transition to a liquid-crystalline phase occurs when the material is heated to much higher than the gloss transition temperature. Such micro-crystallization strongly enhances the conductivity....

  12. Thermal conductivity of polymer composites with oriented boron nitride

    Highlights: • Thermal conductivity depended on the orientation of BN in the polymer matrices. • Hexagonal boron nitride (BN) particles were treated by C27H27N3O2 and C14H6O8. • Amphiphilic-agent-treated BN particles are more easily oriented in the composite. • BN/PVA composites with C14H6O8-treated BN showed the highest thermal conductivity. • Thermal conductivity of the composites was compared with several theoretical models. - Abstract: Thermal conductivity of boron nitride (BN) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and/or polyvinyl butyral (PVB) was investigated as a function of the degree of BN orientation, the numbers of hydroxyl groups in the polymer matrices and the amphiphilic agents used. The composites with in-plane orientation of BN showed a higher thermal conductivity than the composites with out-of-plane orientation of BN due to the increase of thermal pathway. For a given BN content, the composites with in-plane orientation of BN/PVA showed higher thermal conductivity than the composites with in-plane orientation of BN/PVB. This result could be attributed to the improved degree of orientation of BN, caused by a larger number of hydroxyl groups being present. Those treated with C14H6O8 amphiphilic agent demonstrated a higher thermal conductivity than those treated by C27H27N3O2. The measured thermal conductivity of the composites was compared with that predicted by the several theoretical models

  13. Radiation cross-linking of PTC conductive polymers

    An electrical device comprising a PTC conductive polymer is irradiated so that it is very highly cross-linked. A dosage of at least 50 Mrads, preferably at least 80 Mrads, especially at least 120 Mrads is used except that where the device includes planar electrodes which are present during irradiation the minimum dose is 120 Mrads. In this way, for example, it is possible to make a circuit protection device which will continue to provide effective protection even after repeated exposure to a voltage of 200 volts. A PTC protection device may be produced by moulding carbon loaded polymer round three electrodes the centre one of which is then removed to leave an aperture between the other two electrodes. (author)

  14. Training and shape retention in conducting polymer artificial muscles

    Electrochemomechanical deformation (ECMD) of the conducting polymer polyaniline film is studied to investigate the behaviour of actuation under tensile loads. The ECMD was induced by the strains due to the insertion of ionic species (cyclic strain) and a creep due to applied loads during the redox cycle. The cyclic strain was enhanced by the experience of high tensile loads, indicating a training effect. The training effect was explained by the enhanced electrochemical activity of the film. The creep was recovered by removal of the tensile load and several electrochemical cycles. This fact indicates that the creep results from the one-dimensional anisotropic deformation, and is retained (shape retention) by the ionic crosslink. The recovery of creep results from the elastic relaxation of the polymer conformation

  15. Preparation and Characterization of Lithium Ion Conducting Solid Polymer Electrolytes from Biodegradable Polymers Starch And PVA

    B. Chatterjee,

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Solid Polymer electrolyte films have been prepared from Starch-Poly vinyl alcohol (PVA blend a well acknowledged biodegradable material. Solution cast technique was employed for the preparation of solid polymer electrolyte films added with Lithium Bromide (LiBr salt. X-ray diffraction (XRD studies of the prepared films portrayed the evolution of an amorphous structure with increasing content of salt which is an important factor that leads to the augmentation of conductivity. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopic analysis revealed noticeable ionic conductivity ~ 5x 10-3 S/cm for 20 wt% of salt at ambient conditions. Ionic conductivity showed an increasing trend with salt content at ambient conditions. Transference number measurements confirmed the ionic nature of the prepared solid polymer electrolyte films. Dielectric studies revealed a sharp increase in the number of charge carriers which contributed to enhancement in conductivity. Low values of activation energy extracted from temperature dependent conductivity measurements could be favorable for device applications. For the composition with highest conductivity a temperature independent relaxation mechanism was confirmed by electric modulus scaling.

  16. Self-assembly of CdTe nanocrystals at the water/oil interface by amphiphilic hyperbranched polymers

    A general strategy for realizing the self-assembly of aqueous CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) at the water/oil interface by means of an amphiphilic core-shell hyperbranched polymer has been proposed. Aqueous CdTe NCs were firstly transferred into the chloroform phase in the presence of palmityl chloride functionalized hyperbranched poly(amidoamine) (HPAMAM-PC), and then self-assembled at the water/chloroform interface by decreasing the pH value of the aqueous phase or introducing α-CDs to the aqueous phase. The resulting CdTe/HPAMAM-PC self-assembly film was characterized by fluorescence microscopy, UV-vis, PL, TEM, EDS, FT-IR, DSC and TGA.

  17. Conducting polymer actuators: From basic concepts to proprioceptive systems

    Martinez Gil, Jose Gabriel

    Designers and engineers have been dreaming for decades of motors sensing, by themselves, working and surrounding conditions, as biological muscles do originating proprioception. Here bilayer full polymeric artificial muscles were checked up to very high cathodic potential limits (-2.5 V) in aqueous solution by cyclic voltammetry. The electrochemical driven exchange of ions from the conducting polymer film, and the concomitant Faradaic bending movement of the muscle, takes place in the full studied potential range. The presence of trapped counterion after deep reduction was corroborated by EDX determinations giving quite high electronic conductivity to the device. The large bending movement was used as a tool to quantify the amount of water exchanged per reaction unit (exchanged electron or ion). The potential evolutions of self-supported films of conducting polymers or conducting polymers (polypyrrole, polyaniline) coating different microfibers, during its oxidation/reduction senses working mechanical, thermal, chemical or electrical variables. The evolution of the muscle potential from electrochemical artificial muscles based on electroactive materials such as intrinsically conducting polymers and driven by constant currents senses, while working, any variation of the mechanical (trailed mass, obstacles, pressure, strain or stress), thermal or chemical conditions of work. One physically uniform artificial muscle includes one electrochemical motor and several sensors working simultaneously under the same driving reaction. Actuating (current and charge) and sensing (potential and energy) magnitudes are present, simultaneously, in the only two connecting wires and can be read by the computer at any time. From basic polymeric, mechanical and electrochemical principles a physicochemical equation describing artificial proprioception has been developed. It includes and describes, simultaneously, the evolution of the muscle potential during actuation as a function of the

  18. Electrochemical synthesis of intrinsically conducting polymers of 3-alkylpyrroles

    Costantini, N.; Cagnolati, R.; Nucci, L.; Pergola, F.; Ruggeri, G. [Pisa Univ. (Italy). Dipt. di Chimica e Chimica Industriale

    1998-01-30

    In the present work the electrochemical polymerization of pyrrole (Py) derivatives has been performed in order to identify the conditions for obtaining intrinsically conducting polymers, checking film morphology and conductivity. The study mainly concerns 3-alkylsubstituted pyrroles with different chain lengths (3-hexylpyrrole (3HP), 3-decylpyrrole (3DP), 3-hexadecylpyrrole (3HDP)). In the case of 3DP (0.01 M) various experimental conditions have been adopted: different solvents (propylene carbonate, acetonitrile), different counterions (ClO{sub 4}{sup -}, BF{sub 4}{sup -}, NO{sub 3}{sup -}, PF{sub 6}{sup -}, TsO{sup -}) with the same cation Bu{sub 4}N{sup +} and different current densities (0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4 mA cm{sup -2}) in the case of BF{sub 4}{sup -} in propylene carbonate. Porous and elastic films are obtained when the substituent alkyl side chain is longer and the supporting electrolytes are ClO{sub 4}{sup -}, BF{sub 4}{sup -}, PF{sub 6}{sup -}; with these last electrolytes the best conductivity is also obtained (0.1-0.8 S cm{sup -1} for poly(3-decylpyrrole), P3DP). P3DP(TsO) and P3DP(NO{sub 3}), aside from the type of solvent, show poor mechanical properties and low electrical conductivity (10{sup -3} and 10{sup -6} S cm{sup -1} for P3DP(TsO) and P3DP(NO{sub 3}), respectively). The conductivity decreases as the alkyl side chain becomes longer. When the polymerization is performed at low monomer concentration (of the order of 0.001 M), the surface properties of P3DP(ClO{sub 4}) are very poor and the conductivity is only 10{sup -3} S cm{sup -1}. The obtained polymers have also been electrochemically characterized through cyclic voltammetry. (orig.) 44 refs.

  19. Utilization of novel bithiazole based conducting polymers in electrochromic applications

    In this paper we disclose the synthesis of a novel monomer (2,2′-di-pyrrol-1-yl-[4,4′]bithiazolyl, PyDBTH) and the optoelectronic properties of the resultant conducting polymers. PyDBTH was synthesized via the Clauson-Kaas reaction of 2,2′-diamino-4,4′-bithiazole with 2,5-dimethoxytetrahydrofuran in acetic acid which was characterized by 1H, 13C-NMR, FTIR and MS analyses. Homopolymerization and copolymerization (in the presence of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) were achieved in a tetrabutylammonium hexafluorophosphate (TBAPF6) dichloromethane system. The electrochemical and electrochromic properties of the homopolymer and copolymers were examined by cyclic voltammetry, FTIR, spectroelectrochemistry and kinetic studies. Depending on the synthesis conditions, the bithiazole based polymers exhibited optical band gaps ranging from 2.60 to 1.75 eV and the copolymers displayed multichromism within a wide span of the visible spectrum. The copolymers revealed short switching times and useful optical contrast of 0.6 s and 54%, respectively. Due to its favorable electrochromic properties, utilization of bithiazole based polymers in electrochromic devices was also investigated. These devices exhibited low switching voltages and switching times with reasonable stability under atmospheric conditions. (paper)

  20. Conductive Polymer Porous Film with Tunable Wettability and Adhesion

    Yuqi Teng; Yuqi Zhang; Liping Heng; Xiangfu Meng; Qiaowen Yang; Lei Jiang

    2015-01-01

    A conductive polymer porous film with tunable wettability and adhesion was fabricated by the chloroform solution of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyricacid-methyl-ester (PCBM) via the freeze drying method. The porous film could be obtained from the solution of 0.8 wt%, whose pore diameters ranged from 50 nm to 500 nm. The hydrophobic porous surface with a water contact angle (CA) of 144.7° could be transferred into a hydrophilic surface with CA of 25° by applying a vol...

  1. Calculation of thermal conductivity of polymer solutions in a wide range of temperatures and pressure

    Present article is devoted to calculation of thermal conductivity of polymer solutions in a wide range of temperatures and pressure. The dependence of thermal conductivity of polymers on temperature and pressure was studied. The dependence of thermal conductivity of polymers on molar mass was studied as well.

  2. Enhancement in ionic conductivity on solid polymer electrolytes containing large conducting species

    Praveen, D.; Damle, Ramakrishna

    2016-05-01

    Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPEs) lack better conducting properties at ambient temperatures. Various methods to enhance their ionic conductivity like irradiation with swift heavy ions, γ-rays, swift electrons and quenching at low temperature etc., have been explored in the literature. Among these, one of the oldest methods is incorporation of different conducting species into the polymer matrix and/or addition of nano-sized inert particles into SPEs. Various new salts like LiBr, Mg(ClO4)2, NH4I etc., have already been tried in the past with some success. Also various nanoparticles like Al2O3, TiO2 etc., have been tried in the past. In this article, we have investigated an SPE containing Rubidium as a conducting species. Rubidium has a larger ionic size compared to lithium and sodium ions which have been investigated in the recent past. In the present article, we have investigated the conductivity of large sized conducting species and shown the enhancement in the ionic conductivity by addition of nano-sized inert particles.

  3. All conducting polymer electrodes for asymmetric solid-state supercapacitors

    Kurra, Narendra

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we report the fabrication of solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors (ASCs) based on conducting polymer electrodes on a plastic substrate. Nanostructured conducting polymers of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), PEDOT, and polyaniline (PANI) are deposited electrochemically over Au-coated polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) plastic substrates. Due to the electron donating nature of the oxygen groups in the PEDOT, reduction potentials are higher, allowing it to be used as a negative electrode material. In addition, the high stability of PEDOT in its oxidised state makes it capable to exhibit electrochemical activity in a wide potential window. This can qualify PEDOT to be used as a negative electrode in fabricating asymmetric solid state supercapacitors with PANI as a positive electrode while employing polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/H2SO4 gel electrolyte. The ASCs exhibit a maximum power density of 2.8 W cm-3 at an energy density of 9 mW h cm-3, which is superior to the carbonaceous and metal oxide based ASC solid state devices. Furthermore, the tandem configuration of asymmetric supercapacitors is shown to be capable of powering a red light emitting diode for about 1 minute after charging for 10 seconds. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.

  4. All conducting polymer electrodes for asymmetric solid-state supercapacitors

    Kurra, Narendra

    2015-02-16

    In this study, we report the fabrication of solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors (ASCs) based on conducting polymer electrodes on a plastic substrate. Nanostructured conducting polymers of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), PEDOT, and polyaniline (PANI) are deposited electrochemically over Au-coated polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) plastic substrates. Due to the electron donating nature of the oxygen groups in the PEDOT, reduction potentials are higher, allowing it to be used as a negative electrode material. In addition, the high stability of PEDOT in its oxidised state makes it capable to exhibit electrochemical activity in a wide potential window. This can qualify PEDOT to be used as a negative electrode in fabricating asymmetric solid state supercapacitors with PANI as a positive electrode while employing polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/H2SO4 gel electrolyte. The ASCs exhibit a maximum power density of 2.8 W cm−3 at an energy density of 9 mW h cm−3, which is superior to the carbonaceous and metal oxide based ASC solid state devices. Furthermore, the tandem configuration of asymmetric supercapacitors is shown to be capable of powering a red light emitting diode for about 1 minute after charging for 10 seconds.

  5. Multiscale Modeling of Thermal Conductivity of Polymer/Carbon Nanocomposites

    Clancy, Thomas C.; Frankland, Sarah-Jane V.; Hinkley, Jeffrey A.; Gates, Thomas S.

    2010-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation was used to estimate the interfacial thermal (Kapitza) resistance between nanoparticles and amorphous and crystalline polymer matrices. Bulk thermal conductivities of the nanocomposites were then estimated using an established effective medium approach. To study functionalization, oligomeric ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymers were chemically bonded to a single wall carbon nanotube. The results, in a poly(ethylene-vinyl acetate) matrix, are similar to those obtained previously for grafted linear hydrocarbon chains. To study the effect of noncovalent functionalization, two types of polyethylene matrices. -- aligned (extended-chain crystalline) vs. amorphous (random coils) were modeled. Both matrices produced the same interfacial thermal resistance values. Finally, functionalization of edges and faces of plate-like graphite nanoparticles was found to be only modestly effective in reducing the interfacial thermal resistance and improving the composite thermal conductivity

  6. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent S.; Zheng, Honghe; Wu, Mingyan

    2015-07-07

    A family of carboxylic acid groups containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. Triethyleneoxide side chains provide improved adhesion to materials such as, graphite, silicon, silicon alloy, tin, tin alloy. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  7. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

    Liu, Gao; Battaglia, Vincent S.; Park, Sang -Jae

    2015-10-06

    A family of carboxylic acid groups containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. Triethyleneoxide side chains provide improved adhesion to materials such as, graphite, silicon, silicon alloy, tin, tin alloy. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  8. Relationship between Polymer Dielectric Constant and Percolation Threshold in Conductive Poly(styrene)-Type Polymer and Carbon Black Composites

    Mariana Castro Martínez; Susana Hernández López; Enrique Vigueras Santiago

    2015-01-01

    We study the effect of dielectric constant of some poly(styrene)-type polymer matrix on the percolation threshold in conductive polymer composites with carbon black (CB). We demonstrate that percolation threshold diminishes with an increment of the dielectric constant of polymer matrix. We chose polystyrene and other three polymers similar in structure and molecular weight but with different chemical nature. The corresponding dielectric constant and critical concentration, Xc, in volume frac...

  9. Formation of conductive polymers using nitrosyl ion as an oxidizing agent

    Choi, Kyoung-Shin; Jung, Yongju; Singh, Nikhilendra

    2016-06-07

    A method of forming a conductive polymer deposit on a substrate is disclosed. The method may include the steps of preparing a composition comprising monomers of the conductive polymer and a nitrosyl precursor, contacting the substrate with the composition so as to allow formation of nitrosyl ion on the exterior surface of the substrate, and allowing the monomer to polymerize into the conductive polymer, wherein the polymerization is initiated by the nitrosyl ion and the conductive polymer is deposited on the exterior surface of the substrate. The conductive polymer may be polypyrrole.

  10. Nanocrystal doped matrixes

    Parce, J. Wallace; Bernatis, Paul; Dubrow, Robert; Freeman, William P.; Gamoras, Joel; Kan, Shihai; Meisel, Andreas; Qian, Baixin; Whiteford, Jeffery A.; Ziebarth, Jonathan

    2010-01-12

    Matrixes doped with semiconductor nanocrystals are provided. In certain embodiments, the semiconductor nanocrystals have a size and composition such that they absorb or emit light at particular wavelengths. The nanocrystals can comprise ligands that allow for mixing with various matrix materials, including polymers, such that a minimal portion of light is scattered by the matrixes. The matrixes of the present invention can also be utilized in refractive index matching applications. In other embodiments, semiconductor nanocrystals are embedded within matrixes to form a nanocrystal density gradient, thereby creating an effective refractive index gradient. The matrixes of the present invention can also be used as filters and antireflective coatings on optical devices and as down-converting layers. Processes for producing matrixes comprising semiconductor nanocrystals are also provided. Nanostructures having high quantum efficiency, small size, and/or a narrow size distribution are also described, as are methods of producing indium phosphide nanostructures and core-shell nanostructures with Group II-VI shells.

  11. Comment on "Electrical Conductivity and Current-Voltage Characteristics of Individual Conducting Polymer PEDOT Nanowires"

    P. Ohlckers; P. Pipinys

    2009-01-01

    @@ In "Electrical Conductivity and Current-Voltage Characteristics of Individual Conducting Polymer PEDOT Nanowires", Long et al.[1] reported the currentvoltage ( Ⅰ - Ⅴ) characteristics of individual poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanowires in the temperature range from 20 to 50K (Fig. 2(a)). The authors stated that at temperatures equal to 50 K and higher, the Ⅰ - Ⅴ curves were linear. With decreasing temperature the Ⅰ - Ⅴ curves gradually became nonlinear. The temperature behavior of Ⅰ - Ⅴ characteristics is not suitably explained.

  12. A study on the stability of n-type conductive polymer

    Onoda, M.

    2016-04-01

    Novel n-type conducting polymer, poly (p-methylpyridinium vinylene), PMePyV were synthesized by using the quaternization of poly (p-pyridyl vinylene), PPyV and several regiochemical consequences in this polymer were proposed. The electrical, optical, and electrochemical properties of n-type conductive polymer were observed. In addition, a possibility of a variety of functional applications of n-type conductive polymer was indicated.

  13. A general one-pot strategy for the synthesis of high-performance transparent-conducting-oxide nanocrystal inks for all-solution-processed devices.

    Song, Jizhong; Kulinich, Sergei A; Li, Jianhai; Liu, Yanli; Zeng, Haibo

    2015-01-01

    For all-solution-processed (ASP) devices, transparent conducting oxide (TCO) nanocrystal (NC) inks are anticipated as the next-generation electrodes to replace both those synthesized by sputtering techniques and those consisting of rare metals, but a universal and one-pot method to prepare these inks is still lacking. A universal one-pot strategy is now described; through simply heating a mixture of metal-organic precursors a wide range of TCO NC inks, which can be assembled into high-performance electrodes for use in ASP optoelectronics, were synthesized. This method can be used for various oxide NC inks with yields as high as 10 g. The formed NCs are of high crystallinity, uniform morphology, monodispersity, and high ink stability and feature effective doping. Therefore, the inks can be readily assembled into films with a surface roughness of 1.6 nm. Typically, a sheet resistance of 110 Ω sq(-1) can be achieved with a transmittance of 88%, which is the best performance for TCO NC ink-based electrodes described to date. These electrodes can thus drive a polymer light-emitting diode (PLED) with a luminance of 2200 cd m(-2) at 100 mA cm(-2). PMID:25403980

  14. Drastic modification of the piezoresistive behavior of polymer nanocomposites by using conductive polymer coatings

    Ventura, Isaac Aguilar

    2015-07-21

    We obtained highly conductive nanocomposites by adding conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS)-coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to pristine insulating Polycarbonate. Because the PEDOT/PSS ensures efficient charge transfer both along and between the CNTs, we could attribute the improvement in electrical conductivity to coating. In addition to improving the electrical conductivity, the coating also modified the piezoresistive behavior of the nanocomposites compared to the material with pristine uncoated CNTs: whereas CNT/Polycarbonate samples exhibited a very strong piezoresistive effect, PEDOT/PSS-coated MWCNT/Polycarbonate samples exhibited very little piezoresistivity. We studied this change in piezoresistive behavior in detail by investigating various configurations of filler content. We investigated how this observation could be explained by changes in the microstructure and in the conduction mechanism in the interfacial regions between the nanofillers. Our study suggests that tailoring the piezoresistive response to specific application requirements is possible.

  15. Decohesion Kinetics of PEDOT:PSS Conducting Polymer Films

    Dupont, Stephanie R.

    2013-10-17

    The highly conductive polymer PEDOT:PSS is a widely used hole transport layer and transparent electrode in organic electronic devices. To date, the mechanical and fracture properties of this conductive polymer layer are not well understood. Notably, the decohesion rate of the PEDOT:PSS layer and its sensitivity to moist environments has not been reported, which is central in determining the lifetimes of organic electronic devices. Here, it is demonstrated that the decohesion rate is highly sensitive to the ambient moisture content, temperature, and mechanical stress. The kinetic mechanisms are elucidated using atomistic bond rupture models and the decohesion process is shown to be facilitated by a chemical reaction between water molecules from the environment and strained hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bonds are the predominant bonding mechanism between individual PEDOT:PSS grains within the layer and cause a significant loss in cohesion when they are broken. Understanding the decohesion kinetics and mechanisms in these films is essential for the mechanical integrity of devices containing PEDOT:PSS layers and yields general guidelines for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices. Decohesion rate in PEDOT:PSS conducting films is studied under varied environmental conditions. The moisture content in the environment is the most important factor accelerating the decohesion in the PEDOT:PSS layer, which is detrimental for device reliability. The findings on the decohesion rate and mechanisms, elucidated by atomic kinetic models, are essential for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices containting PEDOT:PSS layers. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Conductive polymer combined silk fiber bundle for bioelectrical signal recording.

    Shingo Tsukada

    Full Text Available Electrode materials for recording biomedical signals, such as electrocardiography (ECG, electroencephalography (EEG and evoked potentials data, are expected to be soft, hydrophilic and electroconductive to minimize the stress imposed on living tissue, especially during long-term monitoring. We have developed and characterized string-shaped electrodes made from conductive polymer with silk fiber bundles (thread, which offer a new biocompatible stress free interface with living tissue in both wet and dry conditions.An electroconductive polyelectrolyte, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene-poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT-PSS was electrochemically combined with silk thread made from natural Bombyx mori. The polymer composite 280 µm thread exhibited a conductivity of 0.00117 S/cm (which corresponds to a DC resistance of 2.62 Mohm/cm. The addition of glycerol to the PEDOT-PSS silk thread improved the conductivity to 0.102 S/cm (20.6 kohm/cm. The wettability of PEDOT-PSS was controlled with glycerol, which improved its durability in water and washing cycles. The glycerol treated PEDOT-PSS silk thread showed a tensile strength of 1000 cN in both wet and dry states. Without using any electrolytes, pastes or solutions, the thread directly collects electrical signals from living tissue and transmits them through metal cables. ECG, EEG, and sensory evoked potential (SEP signals were recorded from experimental animals by using this thread placed on the skin. PEDOT-PSS silk glycerol composite thread offers a new class of biocompatible electrodes in the field of biomedical and health promotion that does not induce stress in the subjects.

  17. Conductivity enhancement of conjugated polymer after HCl-methanol treatment

    Polymer conductivity is key factor to improve the performance of the electronic and photonic devices. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) films were soaked into 0.03, 0.14, 0.41, and 1.13 M concentrations of HCl-methanol solution for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 min. The resulting films were investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry, conductivity measurements, and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The characteristic FTIR absorption peaks of poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) of the films decreased as the soaking time increased. While PSS absorption peaks appeared in the HCl-methanol soaking solution and increased with the soaking time. The conductivity of PEDOT:PSS film was approximately 1.20 x 10-6 S/cm before soaking in the HCl-methanol solution. The conductivity of PEDOT:PSS was enhanced nearly three orders of magnitude after soaking the films into the HCl-methanol solvent. The surface of PEDOT:PSS film was initially very smooth. However, numerous humps appeared on the surface of the films after soaking PEDOT:PSS film into the HCl-methanol solution for 10, 20, and 30 min. The number of humps was reduced and disappeared thereafter.

  18. Analysis of surface modified polymers: XPS and conductivity measurements

    Full text: Design specific, surface modified polymers are finding ever increasing application in technological, manufacturing and medical areas. A brief review will be presented of such, followed by specific reference to electrical properties of surface modified polymeric materials, their application and analysis. A new method has been devised for the measurement of resistivity in the surface region of insulating materials, including many well known polymers. It measures resistivity through recording of the decay of surface charge placed on the surface of a sample. This method will be outlined and results presented. An ionic charge transport theory has also been developed, based on self field driven motion of, and diffusion transport of, charge carriers; which provides greater insight into the way carriers move in the surface region of insulators in general. The agreement between this theory and the measurements obtained has resulted in an accurate technique for the measurement of electrical resistivity in the surface region of insulators. Values may also be simultaneously obtained for the carrier diffusion coefficient, and the carrier occupancy depth. The methodology has been applied to a series of surface modified polymers under various grafting conditions (graft concentration, temperature and time). The chosen substrates were: polyaniline (PAN), low density polyethylene (LDPE) and teflon (PTFE), pretreated for grafting by either Ar plasma or ozone. The graft monomers used for copolymerisation were acrylic acid (Mc), sodium salt of styrene sulfonic acid (NaSS) and N,N-dimethylacrylamide (DMAA). XPS measurements of the samples will also be used to infer the conduction mechanisms in the materials resulting from grafting procedures. Copyright (1999) Australian X-ray Analytical Association Inc

  19. Conductivity of microfibrillar polymer-polymer composites with CNT-loaded microfibrils or compatibilizer: A comparative study

    Fakirov, S.; S. M. Panamoottil; P. Potschke; R. J. T. Lin; Bhattacharyya, D

    2013-01-01

    Conductive polymer composites have wide ranging applications, but when they are produced by conventional melt blending, high conductive filler loadings are normally required, hindering their processability and reducing mechanical properties. In this study, two types of polymer-polymer composites were studied: i) microfibrillar composites (MFC) of polypropylene (PP) and 5 wt% carbon nanotube (CNT) loaded poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) as reinforcement, and ii) maleic anhydride-grafted poly...

  20. Amplified spontaneous emission in polymer-CdSe/ZnS-nanocrystal DFB structures produced by the holographic method

    Smirnova, T N; Yezhov, P V; Kokhtych, L M [Institute of Physics, National Academy of Science, prospect Nauki 46, 03028 Kiev (Ukraine); Sakhno, O V; Stumpe, J [Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Science Campus Golm, Geiselbergstrasse 69, D-14476 Potsdam (Germany); Goldenberg, L M [Institute for Thin Film Technology and Microsensorics, Kantstrasse 55, D-14513 Teltow (Germany)], E-mail: smirnova@iop.kiev.ua, E-mail: Oksana.Sakhno@iap.fraunhofer.de

    2009-06-17

    Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) is demonstrated in volume-distributed feedback (DFB) structures, formed by colloidal CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals and ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles (NPs) in a polymer matrix. Periodic redistribution of the NPs in an organic matrix was carried out by holographic photopolymerization in a specially developed light-sensitive nanocomposite. The composite consists of two acrylate monomers and two types of inorganic NPs. The NPs provide for the formation of two co-phased gratings-a refractive index grating and an optical gain (losses) grating. The core-shell CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals are used as a gain medium, while ZrO{sub 2} NPs create the refractive index grating and enhance the distributed feedback. The period of the volume structure provides the feedback for lasing at the wavelength {lambda}{sub las} of about 575 nm in the second diffraction order. In contrast to known laser systems based on volume DFB cavities, in which the different components of the formulation provide optical gain and feedback, in our case the inorganic NPs serve as an emitting material and can provide simultaneously for feedback. By pumping of DFB structures by a titanium-sapphire laser ({lambda}{sub pump} = 400 nm, pulse duration of 120 fs) normal to the sample plane, the appearance of a sharp stimulated emission along the grating-vector direction is observed. Output intensity of ASE as a function of the pump energy shows a threshold behavior and full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the ASE spectral band decreases from 33 to 12 nm.

  1. Amine-functionalized polypyrrole: Inherently cell adhesive conducting polymer.

    Lee, Jae Y; Schmidt, Christine E

    2015-06-01

    Electrically conducting polymers (CPs) have been recognized as novel biomaterials that can electrically communicate with biological systems. For their tissue engineering applications, CPs have been modified to promote cell adhesion for improved interactions between biomaterials and cells/tissues. Conventional approaches to improve cell adhesion involve the surface modification of CPs with biomolecules, such as physical adsorption of cell adhesive proteins and polycationic polymers, or their chemical immobilization; however, these approaches require additional multiple modification steps with expensive biomolecules. In this study, as a simple and effective alternative to such additional biomolecule treatment, we synthesized amine-functionalized polypyrrole (APPy) that inherently presents cell adhesion-supporting positive charges under physiological conditions. The synthesized APPy provides electrical activity in a moderate range and a hydrophilic surface compared to regular polypyrrole (PPy) homopolymers. Under both serum and serum-free conditions, APPy exhibited superior attachment of human dermal fibroblasts and Schwann cells compared to PPy homopolymer controls. Moreover, Schwann cell adhesion onto the APPy copolymer was at least similar to that on poly-l-lysine treated PPy controls. Our results indicate that amine-functionalized CP substrates will be useful to achieve good cell adhesion and potentially electrically stimulate various cells. In addition, amine functionality present on CPs can further serve as a novel and flexible platform to chemically tether various bioactive molecules, such as growth factors, antibodies, and chemical drugs. PMID:25294089

  2. Conductive paper from lignocellulose wood microfibers coated with a nanocomposite of carbon nanotubes and conductive polymers

    Composite nanocoating of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) and aqueous dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNT-PSS) on lignocellulose wood microfibers has been developed to make conductive microfibers and paper sheets. To construct the multilayers on wood microfibers, cationic poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) has been used in alternate deposition with anionic conductive PEDOT-PSS and solubilized CNT-PSS. Using a Keithley microprobe measurement system, current-voltage measurements have been carried out on single composite microfibers after deposition of each layer to optimize the electrical properties of the coated microfibers. The conductivity of the resultant wood microfibers was in the range of 10-2-2 S cm-1 depending on the architecture of the coated layer. Further, the conductivity of the coated wood microfibers increased up to 20 S cm-1 by sandwiching multilayers of conductive co-polymer PEDOT-PSS with CNT-PSS through a polycation (PEI) interlayer. Moreover, paper hand sheets were manufactured from these coated wood microfibers with conductivity ranging from 1 to 20 S cm-1. A paper composite structure consisting of conductive/dielectric/conductive layers that acts as a capacitor has also been fabricated and is reported.

  3. Conductive paper from lignocellulose wood microfibers coated with a nanocomposite of carbon nanotubes and conductive polymers

    Agarwal, Mangilal; Xing Qi; Lvov, Yuri [Institute for Micromanufacturing, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272 (United States); Shim, Bong Sup; Kotov, Nicholas [Chemical Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Varahramyan, Kody [Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (United States)], E-mail: agarwal@iupui.edu

    2009-05-27

    Composite nanocoating of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) and aqueous dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNT-PSS) on lignocellulose wood microfibers has been developed to make conductive microfibers and paper sheets. To construct the multilayers on wood microfibers, cationic poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) has been used in alternate deposition with anionic conductive PEDOT-PSS and solubilized CNT-PSS. Using a Keithley microprobe measurement system, current-voltage measurements have been carried out on single composite microfibers after deposition of each layer to optimize the electrical properties of the coated microfibers. The conductivity of the resultant wood microfibers was in the range of 10{sup -2}-2 S cm{sup -1} depending on the architecture of the coated layer. Further, the conductivity of the coated wood microfibers increased up to 20 S cm{sup -1} by sandwiching multilayers of conductive co-polymer PEDOT-PSS with CNT-PSS through a polycation (PEI) interlayer. Moreover, paper hand sheets were manufactured from these coated wood microfibers with conductivity ranging from 1 to 20 S cm{sup -1}. A paper composite structure consisting of conductive/dielectric/conductive layers that acts as a capacitor has also been fabricated and is reported.

  4. Conductive paper from lignocellulose wood microfibers coated with a nanocomposite of carbon nanotubes and conductive polymers

    Agarwal, Mangilal; Xing, Qi; Shim, Bong Sup; Kotov, Nicholas; Varahramyan, Kody; Lvov, Yuri

    2009-05-01

    Composite nanocoating of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) and aqueous dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNT-PSS) on lignocellulose wood microfibers has been developed to make conductive microfibers and paper sheets. To construct the multilayers on wood microfibers, cationic poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) has been used in alternate deposition with anionic conductive PEDOT-PSS and solubilized CNT-PSS. Using a Keithley microprobe measurement system, current-voltage measurements have been carried out on single composite microfibers after deposition of each layer to optimize the electrical properties of the coated microfibers. The conductivity of the resultant wood microfibers was in the range of 10-2-2 S cm-1 depending on the architecture of the coated layer. Further, the conductivity of the coated wood microfibers increased up to 20 S cm-1 by sandwiching multilayers of conductive co-polymer PEDOT-PSS with CNT-PSS through a polycation (PEI) interlayer. Moreover, paper hand sheets were manufactured from these coated wood microfibers with conductivity ranging from 1 to 20 S cm-1. A paper composite structure consisting of conductive/dielectric/conductive layers that acts as a capacitor has also been fabricated and is reported.

  5. Moving beyond mass-based parameters for conductivity analysis of sulfonated polymers

    Kim, Yu Seung [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Pivovar, Bryan [NREL

    2009-01-01

    Proton conductivity of polymer electrolytes is critical for fuel cells and has therefore been studied in significant detail. The conductivity of sulfonated polymers has been linked to material characteristics in order to elucidate trends. Mass based measurements based on water uptake and ion exchange capacity are two of the most common material characteristics used to make comparisons between polymer electrolytes, but have significant limitations when correlated to proton conductivity. These limitations arise in part because different polymers can have significantly different densities and conduction happens over length scales more appropriately represented by volume measurements rather than mass. Herein, we establish and review volume related parameters that can be used to compare proton conductivity of different polymer electrolytes. Morphological effects on proton conductivity are also considered. Finally, the impact of these phenomena on designing next generation sulfonated polymers for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells is discussed.

  6. Conductive polymer-based microextraction methods: a review.

    Bagheri, Habib; Ayazi, Zahra; Naderi, Mehrnoush

    2013-03-12

    Conductive polymers (CPs) are classified as materials which exhibit highly reversible redox behavior and the unusual combined properties of metal and plastics. CPs, due to their multifunctionality, ease of synthesis and their stability, have attracted more attentions in different fields of research, including sample preparation. CPs along with several commercial hydrophilic sorbents, are alternative to the commercially available hydrophobic sorbents which despite their high specific surface areas, have poor interactions and retentions in the extraction of polar compounds. This review covers a general overview regarding the recent progress and new applications of CPs toward their synthesis and use in novel extraction and microextraction techniques including solid phase microextraction (SPME), electrochemically controlled solid-phase microextraction (EC-SPME) and other relevant techniques. Furthermore the contribution of nano-structured CPs in these methodologies is also reviewed. PMID:23452781

  7. Conductive Polymer Porous Film with Tunable Wettability and Adhesion

    Yuqi Teng

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A conductive polymer porous film with tunable wettability and adhesion was fabricated by the chloroform solution of poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyricacid-methyl-ester (PCBM via the freeze drying method. The porous film could be obtained from the solution of 0.8 wt%, whose pore diameters ranged from 50 nm to 500 nm. The hydrophobic porous surface with a water contact angle (CA of 144.7° could be transferred into a hydrophilic surface with CA of 25° by applying a voltage. The water adhesive force on the porous film increased with the increase of the external voltage. The electro-controllable wettability and adhesion of the porous film have potential application in manipulating liquid collection and transportation.

  8. Development of bioactive conducting polymers for neural interfaces.

    Poole-Warren, Laura; Lovell, Nigel; Baek, Sungchul; Green, Rylie

    2010-01-01

    Bioelectrodes for neural recording and neurostimulation are an integral component of a number of neuroprosthetic devices, including the commercially available cochlear implant, and developmental devices, such as the bionic eye and brain-machine interfaces. Current electrode designs limit the application of such devices owing to suboptimal material properties that lead to minimal interaction with the target neural tissue and the formation of fibrotic capsules. In designing an ideal bioelectrode, a number of design criteria must be considered with respect to physical, mechanical, electrical and biological properties. Conducting polymers have the potential to address the synergistic interaction of these properties and show promise as superior coatings for next-generation electrodes in implant devices. PMID:20021239

  9. Intrinsically Conductive Polymer Fibers from Thermoplastic trans-1,4-Polyisoprene.

    Han, Peng; Zhang, Xiaohong; Qiao, Jinliang

    2016-05-17

    Herein, we report a new strategy to prepare conductive polymer fibers to overcome the insurmountable weakness of current conductive polymer fibers. First, special thermoplastic polymers are processed into polymer fibers using a conventional melt-spinning process, and then the nonconductive polymer fibers are converted into intrinsically conductive polymer fibers. Using this new strategy, intrinsically conductive polymer fibers have been prepared by melt spinning low-cost thermoplastic trans-1,4-polyisoprene and doping with iodine, which can be as fine as 0.01 mm, and the resistivity can be as low as 10(-2) Ω m. Moreover, it has been found that drawing can improve the orientation of trans-1,4-polyisoprene crystals in the fibers and, thus, the conductivity of the conductive polymer fibers. Therefore, conductive fibers with excellent conductivities can be prepared by large drawing ratios before doping. Such conductive polymer fibers with low cost could be used in textile, clothing, packing, and other fields, which would benefit both industry and daily life. The newly developed method also allows one to produce conductive polymers of any shape besides fibers for antistatic or conductive applications. PMID:27135825

  10. PATTERN RECOGNITION STUDIES OF HALOGENATED ORGANIC COMPOUNDS USING CONDUCTING POLYMER SENSOR ARRAYS. (R825323)

    Direct measurement of volatile and semivolatile halogenated organic compounds of environmental interest was carried out using arrays of conducting polymer sensors. Mathematical expressions of the sensor arrays using microscopic polymer network model is described. A classical, non...