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Electrically Conductive Plastic: a general discussion. Answered

I find i have an odd set of interests. Specially with regards to this forum. 

I'm interested in electrically conducting plastics. I've been hitting the Wikipedia pretty hard looking for information on the topic. 
I've found a couple of interesting articles: 

My main reason for pursuing this as of late is because I think electrically conductive plastics offer a way to create high efficiency photovoltaic cells on the cheap (least relative to growing pure Silicon crystal without oxygen contamination).
 Azodyes, which are popular doping agents for current thin film photovoltaic cells  can be linked directly to the organic back bones of the polymers, and i think this will make the conversion of photons into electrons more efficient. There's other organic compounds (specifically i'm thinking of metallocenes which can be used to generate positive valences, also known as "holes" within the molecular structure of the plastics) which can be used to dope an organic solar cell, but azodyes are the most obvious.

Anyway... gonna hit up google. if any y'all have ideas post em up.


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9 years ago

I typically due searches for "Thin Film Solar Cells" or "Thin Film Photovoltaics". "Organic Solar Cells" encompass slight more then that, but, i don't have the facilities to make usable carbon nanotubes.

The more i look at it, the more i think polyaniline, or a closely related derivative, could be made at home out of toluene (aka airplane glue... you can pick this up at the hardware store here in the US), a mixture of nitric acid and sulfuric acid, little steel wool, hydrochloric acid, a little baking soda (to nuetralize acid at the end of each step.), and some Ammonia Persulfate to catalyze the polymerization process.

I have reservations though; most the models are based on para-aniline polymerizing with other para-aniline molecules, but using toluene would necessitate the use of meta-aniline.