Center for Innovation and Research in Materials and Polymers

Laboratory of, Australia

Center for Innovation and Research in Materials and Polymers

Laboratory of, Australia
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Boon F.,Center for Innovation and Research in Materials and Polymers | Boon F.,Materia Nova | Desbief S.,Center for Innovation and Research in Materials and Polymers | Desbief S.,Materia Nova | And 17 more authors.
Macromolecular Rapid Communications | Year: 2010

[Figure Presented] New functionalized poly(3-hexylthiophene)s (P3HT) have been designed and synthesized with the aim of increasing the dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNT) in solutions and in thin films of semiconducting polymers. Dispersion in solution has been assessed bv sedimentation tests while the thin film morphology has been analyzed by TEM and AFM. Both the physisorption of P3HT chains (via pyrene end-groups) or their chemical grafting (onto amine functions generated on the CNT surface) lead to a much better dispersion in solution and in the solid. In thin films, P3HT fibrils are observed to arrange perpendicular to the CNT surface, which can be understood on the basis of molecular modeling simulations. Finally, the effect of dispersing those P3HT/CNT nanocomposites in bulk-heterojunction P3HT-based photovoltaic devices has been evaluated. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinhelm.

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