Self-assembled thienylsilane molecule as interfacial layer for ZnO nanowire/polymer hybrid system

Tingting Xu, Qiliang Chen, Dai Hong Lin, Hsueh Yu Wu, Ching Fuh Lin, Qiquan Qiao

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A thienylsilane molecular layer is self-assembled onto vertically aligned ZnO nanowire templates for promoting in situ electrochemical polymerization of P3HT. The silane functionalization on ZnO surface is investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and water contact angle measurements. The silane-based surface modified layer acts as a favorable nucleation site for electrochemical polymerization. We find that the oxidation potential for electrochemical polymerization is obviously decreased compared to that without a surface modifier. The UV-visible absorption in the ZnO nanowire/P3HT film with thienylsilane molecular layer is much stronger than that without surface modification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11107
JournalJournal of Photonics for Energy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Electropolymerization
  • In situ polymerization
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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