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Microscopic and Spectroscopic Study of Self-Ordering in Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/Carbon Nanotubes Nanocomposites

Goh, Roland G.S., Bell, John M., Motta, Nunzio, & Waclawik, Eric R. (2006) Microscopic and Spectroscopic Study of Self-Ordering in Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/Carbon Nanotubes Nanocomposites. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 6(12), pp. 3929-3933.

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Abstract

Poly(3-hexylthiophene)-single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) composites were studied using UV-visible absorbance and Raman spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Monolayers of regioregular poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (rrP3HT) adsorbed on SWNTs have been imaged using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to obtain measurements of the chiral angles at which the thiophene polymer chains wrap around individual carbon nanotubes (41-48 degrees with respect to nanotube axis) and polymer interchain spacings (1.68 Å). The rrP3HT interchain distance is greater for rrP3HT monolayers adsorbed onto the curved surfaces of SWNTs than on the flat surfaces of highly ordered pyrolytic graphite samples (1.4 Å). UV-vis spectroscopic data provided strong evidence for increased interchain interactions in composites of rrP3HT and SWNTs compared to the pure polymer. The STM local-probe studies of the native polymer and the composites further confirmed that the rrP3HT interacts with carbon nanotubes to produce a highly ordered material at the molecular level.

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ID Code: 10694
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: SINGLE, WALL CARBON NANOTUBES, REGIOREGULAR POLY(3, HEXYL THIOPHENE), SELF, ASSEMBLY, STM, TEM, NANOCOMPOSITES, POLYMER WRAPPING
DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2006.678
ISSN: 1533-4880
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 American Scientific Publishers
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:17

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