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Synthesis and characterization of single wall carbon nanotube-grafted poly(3-hexylthiophene) and their nanocomposites with gold nanoparticles

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de Freitas, Jilian N. [1] ; Maubane, Manoko S. [2, 3] ; Bepete, George [2, 3] ; van Otterlo, Willem A. L. [3, 4] ; Coville, Neil J. [2, 3] ; Nogueira, Ana F. [1]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Inst Chem, Lab Nanotechnol & Solar Energy, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Witwatersrand, DST NRF Ctr Excellence Strong Mat, ZA-2050 Johannesburg - South Africa
[3] Univ Witwatersrand, Sch Chem, Inst Mol Sci, ZA-2050 Johannesburg - South Africa
[4] Univ Stellenbosch, Dept Chem & Polymer Sci, ZA-7600 Stellenbosch, Western Cape - South Africa
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Synthetic Metals; v. 176, p. 55-64, JUL 15 2013.
Web of Science Citations: 8

Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were functionalized via the Prato reaction, by using a combination of N-methylglycine and 2-thiophenecarboxaldehyde (2T) or 3-thiophenecarboxaldehyde (3T). Pristine SWCNTs or functionalized SWCNTs were then reacted with 3-hexylthiophene (3HT) in the presence of FeCl3 to produce a composite (P3HT/SWCNT) or copolymers (P3HT-2T-SWCNT and P3HT-3T-SWCNT), containing 3-hexylthiophene units as the main chain and carbon nanotubes as side groups. After that, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were synthesized using a two-phase, one-pot reaction involving the reduction of HAuCl4 by NaBH4, in the presence of P3HT, P3HT/SWCNT, P3HT-2T-SWCNT or P3HT-3T-SWCNT. This approach generated nanocomposites where AuNPs were stabilized directly with P3HT or P3HT-containing SWCNTs. The characteristics of the ternary nanocomposites were investigated using UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. (c) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 09/15428-0 - Hybrid solar cells with inorganic nanoparticles: investigation of the role of nanoparticles and development of devices with higher efficiencies
Grantee:Jilian Nei de Freitas
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate