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Title: Infiltrating P3HT polymer into ordered TiO 2 nanotube arrays
Authors: Lim, S.L.
Liu, Y.
Liu, G. 
Xu, S.Y.
Pan, H.Y.
Kang, E.-T. 
Ong, C.K. 
Keywords: infiltration
TiO 2
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Citation: Lim, S.L., Liu, Y., Liu, G., Xu, S.Y., Pan, H.Y., Kang, E.-T., Ong, C.K. (2011-03). Infiltrating P3HT polymer into ordered TiO 2 nanotube arrays. Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science 208 (3) : 658-663. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Infiltration of regioregular poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (RR P3HT) polymer into ordered TiO 2 nanotube arrays is confirmed by UV-Vis absorption spectrometer measurement, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (TOF-SIMs) depth profiling and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Ordered TiO 2 nanotube arrays of thickness 19 μm were formed by 2-step anodization of titanium foil in an ethylene-glycol-based solution and a dip-coating method was used to infiltrate the polymer into the TiO 2 nanotubes. UV-Vis absorption spectrometer measurement of P3HT/TiO 2 nanotubes shows a peak absorption at 500 nm due to embedded polymer within the nanotube arrays. TOF-SIMs depth profiling up to 500 nm shows P3HT polymer is infiltrated into the TiO 2 nanotube arrays. Furthermore, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) of the TEM indicates the presence of sulfur and carbon atoms due to the P3HT polymer. Polymer nanotubes can be observed with SEM after TiO 2 nanotubes infiltrated with polymer are etched by dilute HF solution. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Source Title: Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
ISSN: 18626300
DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201026363
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