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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Photoelectrochemistry of poly(3-methylthiophene) .1. Surface morphology and thickness effect
Author: Micaroni, L
DePaoli, MA
Abstract: Photocyclovoltammetric experiments with films of poly(3-methylthiophene) under polychromatic light irradiation show a p-type semiconductor behavior in the reduced state, with a flat band potential of 0.18 V. The photocurrent depends on film thickness and surface morphology, Films with different thickness were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, indicating a globular morphology with globule sizes changing according to the charge density used during polymer deposition. The highest photocurrent is observed for the lowest globule diameter, These films were also irradiated with monochromatic light from the electrolyte side and from the substrate side. A higher photocurrent and a photocurrent spectrum matching the absorption spectrum of the reduced form of the polymer is observed on irradiation from the electrolyte side of a 0.7 mu m thick film, In contrast, for irradiation from the electrode side, the photocurrent is lower and the spectrum shows a peak at lower energy. These results were interpreted in terms of a delocalized space charge zone, different kinetics for charge transfer and mass transport across the solvent swollen polymer film and different depth of penetration of the light as a function of wavelength.
Subject: conductive polymers
Country: Holanda
Editor: Elsevier Science Bv
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/0927-0248(95)00169-7
Date Issue: 1996
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