Application of terpyridyl ligands to tune the optical and electrochemical properties of a conducting polymer

Grzegorz Lisak, Klaudia Wagner, Jonathan E. Barnsley, Andrei Veksha, Gregory Huff, Anastasia B. S. Elliott, Paweł Wagner, Keith C. Gordon, Johan Bobacka, Gordon G. Wallace, Ari Ivaska, David L. Officer

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We present a simple and effective way of using metal and metal-ligand modifications to tune the electrochemical and optical properties of conducting polymers. To that end, a polyterthiophene functionalized with terpyridine moieties was synthesized and then the resulting film's surface or bulk was modified with different metal ions, namely Fe2+, Zn2+ and Cu2+ and terpyridine. The modification of the terpyridine functionalized polyterthiophene film by Fe2+ increased the absorptivity and electrochemical capacitance of the conducting polymer, and improved its conjugation. Further modification by Zn2+ and Cu2+ resulted in dramatically different spectroelectrochemical properties of the film. Moreover, the influence of the solvents (ACN and 1:1 ACN:H2O) in conjunction with the metal ion applied for the modification was found crucial for the electrochemical and optical properties of the films.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)29505–29512
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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