Catalytic electroxidation pathway for the polymerization of polypyrrole in the presence of ultrafine silver nanoparticles

Hsun Tsing Lee, Yu Chuan Liu

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Abstract

In this work, we report the first electrochemical polymerization of polypyrrole (PPy) on Au substrates in aqueous solutions containing additives of prepared Ag nanoparticles with a diameter less than 2 nm. Due to the effect of Ag nanoparticles, which can provide a catalytic electroxidation pathway for the polymerization of PPy, the synthesized PPy film demonstrates some novel characteristics. It shows a finer and granular raspberry morphology with nano-scaled particles, and a rougher surface. The conductivity of PPy is significantly increased (∼8 times), which also reflects on the extremely high oxidation level of 0.35 revealed from the analysis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The mechanism of the nucleation and growth was investigated to explain the specific characteristics of PPy films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10727-10732
Number of pages6
JournalPolymer
Volume46
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 21 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ag nanoparticles
  • Mechanism of the nucleation and growth
  • Polypyrrole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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