Ultrathin films of amphiphilic ionic polyacetylenes

Peiguang Zhou, Lynne Samuelson, K. Shridhara Alva, Chien Chung Chen, Rita B. Blumstein, Alexandre Blumstein

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Thin films of amphiphilic ionic polyacetylenes based on poly (N-octadecyl-2-ethynylpyridinium bromide) were formed using the Langmuir-Blodgett and layer-by-layer deposition techniques. The surface pressure-molecular area isotherms of the monolayers of these polymers at the air-water interface indicate that the alkyl (octadecyl) chains of the repeating units are oriented perpendicularly to the water surface while the rigid conjugated polymer backbones are located within the planar layer of the interface. The molecular organization of transferred polymer multilayers has been also studied by FT-IR, ATR, GAR, and ellipsometry. As a result of this study, a model of the molecular organization of ultrathin films is proposed, in which the conjugated backbone chains of the polymer molecules are oriented parallel to the substrate and are sandwiched between layers of interdigitated octadecyl groups. The electrical conductivity of the polymer films was found to increase substantially upon doping with iodine. Enhanced gas permeability and permselectivity of membranes from Nafion were achieved by deposition of ultrathin films of the above polyacetylene on these membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1577-1581
Number of pages5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 24 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry


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