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Synthesis of Submicron PEDOT Particles of High Electrical Conductivity via Continuous Aerosol Vapor Polymerization

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posted on 2019-12-03, 20:46 authored by Yang Lu, Clayton Kacica, Sonal Bansal, Luciano M. Santino, Shinjita Acharya, Jiayi Hu, Chiemela Izima, Kenneth Chrulski, Yifan Diao, Hongmin Wang, Haoru Yang, Pratim Biswas, Jacob Schaefer, Julio M. D’Arcy
Current state-of-the-art synthetic strategies produce conducting polymers suffering from low processability and unstable chemical and/or physical properties stifling research and development. Here, we introduce a platform for synthesizing scalable submicron-sized particles of the conducting polymer poly­(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT). The synthesis is based on a hybrid approach utilizing an aerosol of aqueous oxidant droplets and monomer vapor to engineer a scalable synthetic scheme. This aerosol vapor polymerization technology results in bulk quantities of discrete solid-state submicron particles (750 nm diameter) with the highest reported particle conductivity (330 ± 70 S/cm) so far. Moreover, particles are dispersible in organics and water, obviating the need for surfactants, and remain electrically conductive and doped over a period of months. This enhanced processability and environmental stability enable their incorporation in thermoplastic and cementitious composites for engineering chemoresistive pH and temperature sensors.

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