White light and heat sensitivity in a pyridine-based polymer blend

Evgenia Vaganova*, Ellen Wachtel, Alex Goldberg, Shlomo Yitzchaik

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Sensing from the ultraviolet to the infrared is important for a number of scientific and industrial applications. Poly(4-vinyl pyridine) swollen in liquid pyridine functions as a photoconductive gel sensitive to irradiation in the ultraviolet. By blending poly(4-vinyl pyridine) with poly(4-vinyl pyridine-co-butyl methacrylate), we have now succeeded in expanding the range of wavelength sensitivity of the gel to cover the whole visible spectrum. Furthermore, addition of a small amount of 4-hydroxypyridine to the polymer blend results in unusually high thermal sensitivity (TCR = (0.1-0.16)/1 °C). Spectroscopic measurements show that the combined processes of proton transfer and electron transfer, occurring in a DC electric field, contribute to the gel properties. The optimized system has potential application as a simple and inexpensive active layer in organic photovoltaic cells as well as a thermal sensor.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)25028-25033
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number47
StatePublished - 29 Nov 2012


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