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Conductive and electrochromic properties of poly(p-phenylene vinylene)

Öztürk, Tuğba
P-xylene-bis(diethylsulphonium chloride) (PXBDC) monomer was synthesized by the reaction of a,a-dichloro-p-xylene with tetrahydrothiophene or diethyl sulphide. Electrochemical behavior of this monomer (PXBDC) was examined by cyclic voltametry. Polymerization was achieved both by using electrochemical and chemical polymerization techniques. In the electrochemical technique, PPV was synthesized by constant potential electrolysis in acetonitrile-tetrabutylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TBAFB) solvent-electrolyte couple. The polymer obtained from the electrode surface was converted to the poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) by the thermal elimination reaction of diethyl sulphide and HCl. Also, PPV was doped via electrochemical doping with ClO4- dopant ion. The chemical structures were confirmed both by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The thermal behavior of chemically and electrochemically synthesized conducting polymers were investigated by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Also, electrochromic and spectroelectrochemical properties of PPV was investigated by using UV-VIS spectrophotometer.