Chapter 6: Bistable Electrochromic Windows from Conjugated Polymers

Minsu Han, Inkyung Kang, Eunkyoung Kim

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The unique properties of electrochromic (EC) colour switching have been widely observed from molecular EC materials to π-conjugated polymers (CPs). However, either their coloured or transparent state or both are generally unstable at voltage off state (V OFF ) losing their optical memory (OM). Therefore many efforts have been made to keep OM under V OFF . While the molecularly dissolved EC materials show poor OM due to the diffusion of the EC materials under V OFF , polymeric EC materials in thin film states afford a longer OM up to 200 s. The mechanism to reach a long OM at coloured and bleached states is fundamentally different. Therefore in order to reach optical memory at both coloured and transparent state under V OFF , called bistability, it is necessary to design polymers with a particular energy level as well as electrolytes. Ultimately, the side chain engineered ProDOTs show bistability in ionic liquids when their HOMO energy level is lower than the fermi level of the electrode. In this chapter we will review several approaches to achieve bistability in electrochromic devices as well as windows, in particular, focusing on the mechanism for bistable electrochromism in polymer thin films and current status of the related research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectrochromic Smart Materials
Subtitle of host publicationFabrication and Applications
EditorsMing Hui Chua, Kwok Wei Shah, Jian Wei Xu
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9781788011433, 9781788014267
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRSC Smart Materials
ISSN (Print)2046-0066
ISSN (Electronic)2046-0074

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2019.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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