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Local order drives the metallic state in PEDOT:PSS

Stadler, Philipp and Farka, Dominik and Coskun, Halime and Glowacki, Eric D and Yumusak, Cigdem and Uiberlacker, Lisa M and Hild, Sabine and Leonat, Lucia N and Scharber, Markus C and Klapetek, Petr and Menon, Reghu and Sariciftci, Serdar N (2016) Local order drives the metallic state in PEDOT:PSS. In: JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C, 4 (29). pp. 6982-6987.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6tc02129h

Abstract

Weak localization describes a metallic system, where due to the presence of disorder the electrical transport is governed by inelastic electron relaxation. Therefore the theory defines a threshold of spatial and of energetic disorder, at which a metal-insulator transition takes place. To achieve a metallic state in an inherently disordered system such as a conductive polymer, one has to overcome the threshold of localization. In this work we show that the effective suppression of disorder is possible in solution-processible poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate). We grow polymer films under optimized conditions allowing self-organization in solution. Interestingly, we find the requisite threshold, at which the system becomes finally metallic. We characterize the transition using a complementary morphology and magneto-electrical transport study and find coherent electron interactions, which emerge as soon as local order exceeds the macromolecular dimensions. These insights can be used for discrete improvement in the electrical performance, in particular for tailoring conductive polymers to alternative metal-like conductors.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2016 09:23
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2016 09:23
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/55023

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