Open Access Nano Perspectives

Chemical Synthesis of PEDOT–Au Nanocomposite

S Vinod Selvaganesh, J Mathiyarasu*, KLN Phani and V Yegnaraman

Author Affiliations

Electrodics and Electrocatalysis Division, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, 630 006, India

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2007, 2:546-549  doi:10.1007/s11671-007-9100-6

Published: 25 October 2007

Abstract

In this work, gold-incorporated polyethylenedioxythiophene nanocomposite material has been synthesized chemically, employing reverse emulsion polymerization method. Infrared and Raman spectroscopic studies revealed that the polymerization of ethylenedioxythiophene leads to the formation of polymer polyethylenedioxythiophene incorporating gold nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscope studies showed the formation of polymer nanorods of 50–100 nm diameter and the X-ray diffraction analysis clearly indicates the presence of gold nanoparticles of 50 nm in size.

Keywords:
Composites; Chemical synthesis; X-ray diffraction; Infrared spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy