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Applied potential limits for polypyrrole in a two-electrode device


Lewis, TW and Spinks, GM and Wallace, GG and De Rossi, D, Applied potential limits for polypyrrole in a two-electrode device, Proceedings SPIE, 01 March 1999, Newport Beach, USA, pp. 272-282. ISSN 0277-786X (1999) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: doi:10.1117/12.349709


The long term operation of two electrode all polymer devices requires a balance between extending the potential limits as far as possible to give full oxidation and reduction of the CEPs, while ensuring that the potentials at which overoxidation occurs are not reached. In this work, the 'true' potential (vs Ag/AgCl) at one electrode in a two-electrode cell was determined while applying a range of potential differences between the two polypyrrole electrodes. At an applied potential of plus or minus 2 V, only slight overoxidation of polypyrrole was evident at either electrode. However, for long term applications of polymer films it was shown that plus or minus 1.5 V would be more suitable. This potential difference was applied over an extended period in a series of potential steps to a two electrode device in a propylene carbonate solution and found to have no deleterious effects on the polymer electrodes. It was also shown that this potential difference was sufficient to fully oxidize and reduce PPy both in a supporting electrolyte solution and as a component of a two-electrode solid state device.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:polypyrrole, polymer devices
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Macromolecular and materials chemistry
Research Field:Inorganic materials (incl. nanomaterials)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Lewis, TW (Associate Professor Trevor Lewis)
ID Code:130668
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2019-02-07
Last Modified:2019-02-20

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