Electrochromic properties of self-organized multifunctional V2O5–polymer hybrid films†
Bio-inspired V2O5–polymer hybrid films were prepared following a one-step self-organization procedure based on liquid crystal formation of organic and inorganic components. These materials were previously reported to exhibit advantageous mechanical properties, comparable to biomaterials, such as human bone and dentin. Here, we show that these hybrid films prepared via a fast and simple synthesis procedure have an additional function as an electrochromic material, exhibiting a long-term cycle stability under alternating potentials. The structures were found to remain intact without visible changes after more than hundred switching cycles and storing the devices for several weeks. Consequently, this multifunctional V2O5–polymer hybrid system shows great promise for various technical applications.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2015 Journal of Materials Chemistry C Hot Papers