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The contraction of PEDOT films formed on a macromolecular liquid-like surface

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Vapour phase polymerized (VPP) PEDOT obtained using triblock copolymer PEG–PPG–PEG:Fe(III) tosylate polymeric oxidative layers has shown record-high conductivity and unique thermoelectric properties. These properties are related to the molecular weight, morphology and doping of PEDOT. Here we show that in its unwashed condition, the PEDOT chain adopts a neutral benzenoid conformation. The polymer chain converts into the charged quinoid structure after the removal of oxidizers with solvent washing. X-ray diffraction results suggest that the dopant is also incorporated into the packed polymer after the washing process. The changes in the chain structure and doping lead to the characteristic polaron and bipolaron absorption in the 800 and 1200 nm range. We observed a large contraction of the film after washing that is likely due to these changes, along with the removal of excessive polymer:oxidizer trapped in the PEDOT matrix. The contraction of films can be completely suppressed by mechanical clamping. PEDOT films without contraction show both a higher conductivity and higher optical transparency.

Graphical abstract: The contraction of PEDOT films formed on a macromolecular liquid-like surface

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The article was received on 12 Oct 2017, accepted on 11 Dec 2017 and first published on 11 Dec 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC04661H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 654-660
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    The contraction of PEDOT films formed on a macromolecular liquid-like surface

    L. Ouyang, M. J. Jafari, W. Cai, L. E. Aguirre, C. Wang, T. Ederth and O. Inganäs, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 654
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC04661H

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