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Redox active polymers with phenothiazine moieties for nanoscale patterningvia conductive scanning force microscopy

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Redox active polymers with phenothiazine moieties have been synthesized by Atomic Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP). These novel polymers reveal bistable behaviour upon application of a bias potential above the oxidation threshold value. Using conductive Scanning Force Microscopy, two distinguishable conductivity levels were induced on a nanoscale level. These levels were related to a high conducting “On” and a low conducting “Off” state. The “On” state is generated by the oxidation of the phenothiazine side chains to form stable phenothiazine radical cations. The formation and stability of the radical sites was examined by cyclic voltammetry, electron spin resonance and optical spectroscopy. Polymers with phenothiazine moieties show the ability to retain their redox state for several hours and can therefore be used for nonvolatile organic memory devices. Furthermore, thin films made from the phenothiazine containing polymers show high mechanical nanowear stability.

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Submitted
22 Jul 2011
Accepted
21 Sep 2011
First published
31 Oct 2011

Nanoscale, 2011,3, 5049-5058
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Redox active polymers with phenothiazine moieties for nanoscale patterningvia conductive scanning force microscopy

A. A. Golriz, T. Kaule, J. Heller, M. B. Untch, P. Schattling, P. Theato, M. Toda, S. Yoshida, T. Ono, H. Butt, J. S. Gutmann and R. Berger, Nanoscale, 2011, 3, 5049
DOI: 10.1039/C1NR10917K

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