Synthesis and characterization of hybrid CdS/MEH-PPV nanocomposites for photovoltaic applications

Anna M. Laera, Vincenzo Resta, Emanuela Piscopiello, Monica Schioppa, Leander Tapfer

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Inorganic-organic nanocomposites, with II-VI or III-V semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in semiconducting polymer matrix, are very promising materials for photovoltaic applications. Here, we present an effective and easy synthesis procedure to obtain a hybrid nanocomposite with CdS NCs dispersed in poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-(2′-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) conjugated polymer. CdS NCs are synthesized directly within the matrix through the decomposition of a suitable unimolecular precursor dispersed homogeneously in the polymer. We show that CdS NCs are formed at low annealing temperature avoiding structural damages and without affecting the functional properties of the MEH-PPV polymer. The NCs diameter ranges between 1.5nm and 4nm depending on the annealing temperature. In addition, no coalescence phenomena of CdS NCs were noticed in TEM observations even at very high particle density (40 wt %). © 2011 Materials Research Society.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 MRS Spring Meeting - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


Conference2011 MRS Spring Meeting
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/11 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Laera, A. M., Resta, V., Piscopiello, E., Schioppa, M., & Tapfer, L. (2011). Synthesis and characterization of hybrid CdS/MEH-PPV nanocomposites for photovoltaic applications. Paper presented at 2011 MRS Spring Meeting, United States.