Electrical characteristics of heterogeneous polymer layers in PEDOT:PSS films

Yunryeol Kim, Wonseok Cho, Youngno Kim, Hangyeol Cho, Jung Hyun Kim

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(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), a representative conducting polymer, is environment-friendly and offers easy processing and flexibility owing to its hydro-dispersive properties. In this study, we investigated the electrical properties of PEDOT:PSS films with H2SO4/DMSO post-treatment. PEDOT:PSS is an electrolyte complex that has been attracting attention as a next-generation transparent electrode. The PEDOT:PSS films are composed of two heterogeneous phases: a PSS-rich layer and a PEDOT-rich layer. The PSS-rich layer is observed to be a homogeneous phase that does not influence the electrical properties. Thus, the PSS-rich layer, which occupies a large area of the PEDOT:PSS films, was removed to obtain films having high electrical properties. Both the layers exhibit a homogeneous phase regardless of their electrical properties. In particular, the PSS-rich layer without the PEDOT chains does not affect the electrical properties, since it does not contribute to hole transport. The heterogeneity of the PEDOT:PSS films with good electrical properties has been revealed by eliminating the unnecessary PSS-rich layers. The highest electrical conductivity obtained was 2239 S cm-1, which is about 4.1 times higher than that of the pristine PEDOT:PSS films, for the films involving 15 M H2SO4/DMSO post-treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8906-8913
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Nano Material Technology Development Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP, Korea) (NRF-2014M3A7B4050960/ 2014M3A7B4051745). This research was supported by the Priority Research Centers Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2009-0093823).

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© 2018 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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