Fabrication of electrically conducting polypyrrole-poly(ethylene oxide) composite nanofibers

Sujith Nair, Sudarshan Natarajan, Seong H. Kim

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Abstract

Electrically conducting polypyrrole-poly(ethylene oxide) (PPy-PEO) composite nanofibers are fabricated via a two-step process. First, FeCl 3-containing PEO nanofibers are produced by electrospinning. Second, the PEO-FeCl3 electrospun fibers are exposed to pyrrole vapor for the synthesis of polypyrrole. The vapor phase polymerization occurs through the diffusion of pyrrole monomer into the nanofibers. The collected non-woven fiber mat is composed of 96 ± 30 nm diameter PPy-PEO nanofibers. FT-IR, XPS, and conductivity measurements confirm polypyrrole synthesis in the nanofiber.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1599-1603
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Volume26
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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