ac conductivity of emeraldine polymer

F. Zuo, M. Angelopoulos, A. G. MacDiarmid, A. J. Epstein

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An experimental study of the temperature- (T-) dependent dc and audio-frequency conductivity () as a function of protonation level (0.0x[H+]/[N]0.08) of emeraldine polymer is presented. The dc conductivity varies from 10-10 S/cm for x=0 to 10-6 S/cm for x=0.08 and is proportional to exp[-(T0/T)1/4] with T0 decreasing with increasing x. The temperature-dependent audiofrequency f (101105 Hz) conductivity varies as fs with s0.9 for x=0, decreasing with increasing x. For frequencies greater than 103 Hz the dielectric constant agrees with the T-independent dielectric constant measured by microwave techniques. At lower frequencies and high temperatures the dielectric constant increases. A Cole-Cole analysis shows the presence of primarily a single thermally activated relaxation process in these materials with a dispersion in relaxation rates. These results are discussed in the context of models for dc and ac transport in polymers, with results supporting hopping of charge among positively charged polaron and bipolaron or neutral defect (polaron) states in the emeraldine polymer. A simple analysis yields estimates of 3.7×10-3 bipolarons per polaron in the x=0 system, increasing with protonation to 7.9×10-2 for x=0.08.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3570-3578
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Condensed Matter Physics


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