Chemically tunable photoresponse of ultrathin polypyrrole

Peng Wen, Changhui Tan, Junchang Zhang, Fanben Meng, Lin Jiang, Yinghui Sun, Xiaodong Chen

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Building a complex structure system of conductive polymers without a complicated fabricating process is a long-awaited goal to improving the functional photoresponse properties of conductive polymers. In this study, we demonstrate that the photoresponse of polypyrrole (PPy)-based photodetector devices with an ultrathin polymer layer can be chemically modulated by simply immersing the devices into an alkaline solution. After alkaline treatment, the pyrrole unit transforms into a quinoid structure. Characteristics of current-voltage reveal an increased photosensitivity with several orders of magnitude when decreasing the applied bias voltage. Furthermore, ultrathin PPy belts with a width of 100 nm exhibit ultra-high photosensitivites of roughly 1000 (unit) and photoresponsivities of 54.3 A W-1 due to the high surface area ratio of the nanobelts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7760-7764
Number of pages5
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 21 2017

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