Conducting polymer composites of polypyrrole and polyindene

Polypyrrole-polyindene composites were prepared via electrochemical methods. Two different approaches were utilized. In the first, the electro-initiated polymerization of indene on a platinum electrode was achieved at 2.0 V versus Ag/Ag+ in acetonitrile. Then the polyindene-coated electrode was used for the electrochemical polymerization of pyrrole at 1.0 V versus Ag/Ag+. In the second case, electrochemical coating of platinum electrode with polypyrrole at 1.0 V versus Ag/Ag+ was carried out and indene was polymerized on the conducting polymer at 2.0 V versus Ag/Ag+ in acetonitrile medium. The characterizations of these composites were done by FT-IR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Electrical conductivities were evaluated by two-probe and four-probe methods.