Conducting Polymer Nanotubes: Electrochemical Synthesis and Applications


Sang Bok Lee Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland

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Conducting polymers with metallic and polymeric properties are indispensable materials for the development of organic electronic devices, such as batteries, light-emitting diodes, and displays. The electrochemical fabrication of conducting polymer nanostructures, especially nanotubular structures, can enhance their performance by improving charge transport rate as well as surface area. However, the understanding of the electrochemically synthesized conducting polymer nanotubes is lacking in spite of their importance and high applicability. Here, we discuss the electrochemical synthesis, synthetic mechanism, and structural characterization of the conducting polymer nanotubes. The application of conducting polymer nanotubes is also discussed in the development of ultrafast flexible electrochromic device with low power consuming features.