Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-semiconductor nanoparticle composite thin films tethered to indium tin oxide substrates via electropolymerization

R. Clayton Shallcross, Gemma D. D'Ambruoso, Bryan D. Korth, H. K. Hall, Zhiping Zheng, Jeffrey Pyun, Neal R. Armstrong

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Nanocomposite thin films are described which have been created from electropolymerized poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and new forms of ligand-capped CdSe nanoparticles (NP), using carboxylate ligands with 3,4-propylenedioxythiophene (ProDOT) capping groups (ProDOT-CA). A thin PEDOT film is first tethered to an indium tin oxide electrode, followed by electrochemical cross-linking of the ligand-capped nanoparticle with the PEDOT film. The resultant thin film material photoelectrochemically reduces solution C60 at potentials positive of its E°, where the PEDOT film is reduced (de-doped) and capable of hole capture from the photoexcited NP. This approach is distinctive from solution cast polymer/CdSe hybrid materials in that it enables direct wiring of the nanoparticle to the donor polymer and hole collecting electrode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11310-11311
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number37
StatePublished - Sep 19 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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