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In Situ Measurement of the Conductance of Regioregular Poly-3 ',4 '-didodecyl-2,2 ':5 ',2 ''-terthiophene during Potentiodynamic Growth

List of Authors: Dini Danilo, Salatelli Elisabetta, Kankare Jouko


Publication year: 2021

Journal: Journal of The Electrochemical Society


Journal acronym: J ELECTROCHEM SOC

Volume number: 168

Issue number: 8

Number of pages: 8

ISSN: 0013-4651

eISSN: 1945-7111

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/ac1b4e

This work reports a study of regioregular poly-3 ',4 '-didodecyl-2,2 ':5 ',2 ''-terthiophene (poly-3 ' 4 '-DDTT) deposited electrochemically onto a double-band electrode for the in situ measurement of the electrical conductance. The electrodeposition of poly-3 ' 4 '-DDTT was conducted in the potentiodynamic mode within the applied potential interval 0 <= E (appl) <= 0.9 V vs Ag/Ag+ employing an electrolyte that contained the terthiophenic monomer 3 ' 4 '-DDTT (the starting redox species). These electrochemical conditions warrant the oxidation of 3 ' 4 '-DDTT (initiation step) and prevent the oxidative degradation of the polymerization product(s). Through the adoption of conformal mapping we could calculate the electrical conductivity of the electrodeposited polymer thanks to the observation of a linear variation of conductance with the consumed charge of polymerization. The use of conformal mapping has allowed also the determination of the volume yield for the poly-3 ' 4 '-DDTT under consideration. The electrical conductivity of poly-3 ' 4 '-DDTT depended nonlinearly on the scan rate of electrodeposition and varied in the broad range 12 - 34 S cm(-1). The variability of poly-3 ' 4 '-DDTT conductivity depended on the nature of the electrodeposit which, in turn, depended on the rate of oxidative coupling (determined by the electrical current) and on the rate of precipitation (determined by the conditions of saturation in proximity of the double-band electrode).

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