Synthesis and characterization of chemically and electrochemically prepared conducting polymer/iron oxalate composites

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Poly(3-octyl-thiophene) (POT) and polypyrrole (PPy) iron oxalate composites were synthesized through a post-polymerization oxidative treatment. The composite of the latter has been prepared also by electrochemical polymerization. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), impedance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM) combined with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM). In case of PPy, two peaks in the XRD spectra show the presence of iron containing composite, while with POT only the layered structure originating from the octyl side-chain interactions was modified by the composite formation. The assumption of the weakening of short- and long-range interactions was proven by the decrease in conductivity of the composite. The successful electrochemical synthesis resulted a composite of ∼5% iron content, determined by EDX. Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements evidenced a composite containing mixed valence iron oxalate doping ions, which supports the indirect EQCM data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3942-3947
Number of pages6
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Apr 20 2008



  • Composites
  • Conducting polymers
  • EQCM
  • Iron oxalate
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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