Engineering crystalline quasi-two-dimensional polyaniline thin film with enhanced electrical and chemiresistive sensing performances

Tao Zhang, Haoyuan Qi, Zhongquan Liao, Yehu David Horev, Luis Antonio Panes-Ruiz, Petko St Petkov, Zhe Zhang, Rishi Shivhare, Panpan Zhang, Kejun Liu, Viktor Bezugly, Shaohua Liu, Zhikun Zheng, Stefan Mannsfeld, Thomas Heine, Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Hossam Haick, Ehrenfried Zschech, Ute Kaiser, Renhao DongXinliang Feng

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Engineering conducting polymer thin films with morphological homogeneity and long-range molecular ordering is intriguing to achieve high-performance organic electronics. Polyaniline (PANI) has attracted considerable interest due to its appealing electrical conductivity and diverse chemistry. However, the synthesis of large-area PANI thin film and the control of its crystallinity and thickness remain challenging because of the complex intermolecular interactions of aniline oligomers. Here we report a facile route combining air-water interface and surfactant monolayer as templates to synthesize crystalline quasi-two-dimensional (q2D) PANI with lateral size ~50 cm2 and tunable thickness (2.6–30 nm). The achieved q2D PANI exhibits anisotropic charge transport and a lateral conductivity up to 160 S cm−1 doped by hydrogen chloride (HCl). Moreover, the q2D PANI displays superior chemiresistive sensing toward ammonia (30 ppb), and volatile organic compounds (10 ppm). Our work highlights the q2D PANI as promising electroactive materials for thin-film organic electronics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4225
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1

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Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the ERC Grant T2DCP, ESF Young Researcher Group ‘GRAPHD’ and the EC under the Graphene Flagship (no. CNECTICT-604391). The German Excellence Initiative via the Cluster of Excellence EXC1056 “Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden” (cfaed) is gratefully acknowledged. We acknowledge Petr Formánek (Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden) for TEM. We would like to thank M. Schwartzkopf for assistance (in using P03-MINAXS beamline, DESY). The authors thank Xiaodong Zhuang for valuable discussions.

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© 2019, The Author(s).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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