Reddy, B. Narsimha and Pathania, Anju and Rana, Shweta and Srivastava, Avanish Kumar and Deepa, Melepurath (2014) Plasmonic and conductive Cu fibers in poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/Cu hybrid films: Enhanced electroactivity and electrochromism. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 121. 69-79 . ISSN 0927-0248

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Control poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) or PEDOT and PEDOT/Cu hybrid films were synthesized by electropolymerization. Control PEDOT films have a granular morphology whereas the PEDOT/Cu hybrid films have a fibrillar structure wherein Cu fibers with a face centered cubic lattice are juxtaposed with amorphous polymer particles. The electrical conductivity of the PEDOT/Cu hybrid was found to be 62 times greater and the electrochemical charge storage capacity was superior compared to control PEDOT. The Cu fibers also introduce plasmonic effects which enhance light absorption and induce an appreciable increment in the coloration efficiency of PEDOT from 391 cm(2) C-1 in the control film to 481 cm(2) C-1 in the hybrid (lambda=550 nm). Faster bleaching kinetics of the order of sub-seconds, higher diffusion coefficient for fluoroalkylphosphate anions and lower charge transfer resistances at the film/electrolyte interface observed in the PEDOT/Cu hybrid relative to control PEDOT are proofs for the conductive and plasmonic effects bestowed by the Cu fibers. The PEDOT/Cu hybrid endures 1000 cycles of coloration and bleaching, without undergoing any significant deterioration in optical contrast, thus demonstrating the applicability of PEDOT/Cu films for transmissive electrochromic devices like smart windows.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Poly(3 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Cu fibers Plasmons Conductivity Electrochromic
Subjects: Energy Fuels
Materials Science
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 05:50
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2015 05:50

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