Creation of Hybrid Photoactive Inorganic/Organic Interface Assemblies of Cadmium Oxide mixtures (CdO2/CdO)/Poly-2,2-Bithiophene; Optical and Photoelectrochemical Investigations

Kasem K. Kasem, Henry Worley, Ashley Lovins


Nanoparticles of cadmium peroxide (CdO2) were immobilized in poly 2,2 bithiophene (PBTh) to build photoactive inorganic/organic interfaces (I/O/I). Studies indicated that the CdO2 initially immobilized in the organic polymer partially decomposed to a low band gap CdO. Therefore we refer to this mixture as CdO2/CdO. The CdO2/CdO/PBTh assemblies were subjected to optical and photoelectrochemical investigations in aqueous electrolytes containing acetate, nitrate, or phosphate. The equilibrium mixture of CdO2/CdO influenced the optical conductivity and dielectric contents of the assemblies. Furthermore, O2 played an important role in the charge separation and transfer processes. The effects of an applied magnetic field were investigated and reported. The results were explained on the basis of formation of hybrid sub-bands due to band alignments between the assembly components. The photo-induced charge generation of PBTh was improved by occlusion of CdO2 in the polymer as was evident by the greater photocurrent generated by CdO2/CdO/PBTh than that generated by PBTh.

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International Journal of Chemistry   ISSN 1916-9698 (Print)   ISSN 1916-9701 (Online)

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