A report on recent progress from our laboratories on the nanostructures produced from novel synthesis techniques will be discussed. Using high-energy radiation (γ-rays) we have been able to produce conducting polymer nanofibers and nanorods of polyaniline and polypyrrole without the use of a separate template or capping agent. This technique has been extended, with the addition of metal ions, to a "one pot" synthesis, producing conducting nanocomposites. These nanocomposites contain metal nanoparticles which decorate the conducting nanofibers. We have also recently shown that these systems can be photopatterned to produce novel structures. We believe that these systems will be useful in novel or significantly improved electronic devices.
F. D. Blum et al., "Nanometal Containing Nanocomposites and Photolithographic Polyaniline Nanofibers," Polymer Preprints, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 405, American Chemical Society (ACS), Mar 2006.
231st ACS National Meeting (2006: Mar. 26-30, Atlanta, GA)
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. Department of Energy
Keywords and Phrases
Nanoparticles; Nanostructures; Polypyrrole; Synthetic Polymers
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