Surface modification of polythiophene and poly(3-methyl thiophene) films by graft copolymerization

Fangjun Liu, Yubo Chen, Yuyan Wei, Liang Li, Songmin Shang

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Polythiophene (PTH) and poly(3-methyl thiophene) (PMT) films were electrochemically polymerized in an electrolyte solution of boron fluoride-ethyl ether. Ozone-pretreated PTH and PMT films were subjected to UV-light-induced graft copolymerization with different monomers, including poly(ethylene glycol) monomethacrylate, acrylic acid, and glycidyl methacrylate. Surface grafting with the hydrophilic polymers gave rise to more hydrophilic PTH and PMT films. The structure and chemical composition of each copolymer surface were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The surface grafting with the hydrophilic polymers resulted in a more hydrophilic PTH film. The dependence of the density of surface grafting and the conductivities of the grafted PTH and PMT films on the ozone pretreatment was also studied. A large amount of the grafted groups at the surface of the PTH and PMT films remained free for further surface modification and functionalization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2582-2587
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2012


  • conducting polymers
  • graft copolymers
  • surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • General Chemistry


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