Electronic Properties of Conjugated Polyelectrolyte/Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Composites




Two narrow-bandgap conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) of identical backbone structure but different pendant charges are used to disperse single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in MeOH. Films of the resulting CPE:SWNT composites have electrical conductivity dependent on the SWNT loading, which can be increased with acid vapor treatment. The anionic CPE gives higher electrical conductivity for the composite immediately after deposition, whereas a more-significant increase is observed for the cationic counterpart after acid treatment.