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Electrostatic Layer-by-Layer Assembly of CdSe Nanorod/Polymer Nanocomposite Thin Films

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posted on 27.01.2010, 00:00 by Sean A. McClure, Brian J. Worfolk, David A. Rider, Ryan T. Tucker, Jordan A. M. Fordyce, Michael D. Fleischauer, Ken D. Harris, Michael J. Brett, Jillian M. Buriak
Electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly was the basis for the synthesis of multilayer nanorod/polymer composite films. Cationic and water-soluble CdSe nanorods (NRs) were synthesized and partnered with anionic polymers including poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) and two polythiophene-based photoactive polymers, sodium poly[2-(3-thienyl)-ethoxy-4-butylsulfonate (PTEBS) and poly[3-(potassium-6-hexanoate)thiophene-2,5-diyl] (P3KHT). Controlled multilayer growth is shown through UV−vis spectroscopy, cross-sectional SEM and surface analytical techniques including atomic force microscopy. The formation of an intimate nanorod/conducting polymer bulk heterojunction is confirmed through cross-sectional SEM, TEM, and scanning Auger analysis. A series of photovoltaic devices was fabricated on ITO electrodes using CdSe NRs in combination with PTEBS or P3KHT. A thorough device analysis showed that performance was limited by low short circuit current although charge transfer was confirmed in the ELBL nanocomposite thin films.