One-step synthetic route for conducting core-shell poly(styrene/pyrrole) nanoparticles

Jung Min Lee, Dong Gyu Lee, Sun Jong Lee, Jung Hyun Kim, In Woo Cheong

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Conducting core-shell poly(styrene/pyrrole) (poly(St/Py)) particles were successfully prepared by a one-step solution route in soap-free emulsion polymerization. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and a trace of ferric chloride (FeCl3) were used as an initiator couple to carry out Fe -catalyzed oxidative polymerization. The average particle size of the particle was approximately 250 nm and its core-shell morphology (shell thickness ∼20-30 nm) was proved with transmission electron microscopy. The SEM images after CHCl3 dissolution supported a clear evidence of distinct core-shell morphology, and which was confirmed by DSC and TGA analyses. We proposed a growth mechanism for the formation of the core-shell poly(St/Py) particles based on the time-evolution morphology of the particle. The result was also corroborated by the time-evolution GPC, FT-IR and ζ-potential data. The surface compositions of the particles were examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The doped particles showed a high conductivity in the dry state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4511-4519
Number of pages9
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul 14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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