Surface dipole engineering for conducting polymers

William E. McClain, Peter R. Florence, Andrew Shu, Antoine Kahn, Jeffrey Schwartz

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The first example of systematic control of the work function of a conducting polymer is illustrated for PEDOT:PSS. A nanometer-thick film of TiO2 is formed on the PEDOT:PSS surface and forms an adhesion layer to bond phosphonic acids to the polymer; the work function of the PEDOT:PSS (ΦPEDOT:PSS) is adjusted by choice of phosphonic acid over a range of approximately 0.8 eV, and ΔΦPEDOT:PSS correlates strongly with the calculated gas-phase dipole moments of the phosphonates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-415
Number of pages5
JournalOrganic Electronics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Conducting polymer
  • Nanoscale adhesion layer
  • Work function control


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