Synthesis and Properties of Quantum Dot-Polypyrrole Nanotube Composites for Photovoltaic Application

Department of Advanced Materials, Hannam University, Daejeon 305-811, Korea.
Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Impact Factor: 1.56). 11/2009; 9(12):6957-6961. DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2009.1640


A novel method for the fabrication of polypyrrole nanotubes (PPyNTs) possessing quantum dots (QDs) was developed for optoelectronic devices. PbSe QDs were effectively attached to the thiolated PPyNT-SH without affecting the dispersion stability of QDs and hence ensuring their homogeneous distribution in the polymer. Transmission electron microscopic images showed a large number of PbSe QDs absorbed in PPyNT-SH. The polymer nanotube composites were also investigated for the application of photovoltaic cells. An open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.45 V and short-circuit photocurrent density (lsc) of 2.4 μA cm−2 were found in P3HT/PPyNT-PbSe polymeric solar cells. Further optimization will be provided by changing various parameters and conditions.

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