Publication Date

5-2009

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Tingying Zeng and Dr. Cathleen Webb (Directors),Dr. Chad Snyder,Dr. Bangbo Yan

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science

Abstract

Since the carbon nanotubes were first discovered by Iijima in 1991, CNTs have been the focus of intense research by many groups. Nearly 7000 papers and 700 theses on carbon nanotubes can be found from the eminent journals such as Nature and Science in the last decade. Since carbon nanotubes show impressive mechanical, physical and electronic properties such as high stiffness, high strength, low density, and excellent thermal conductivity, suggesting its role in light-weight high strength material application. A great quantity of important research has evidently been done in this field. The purpose of this thesis research is to investigate the feasibility of MWCNTs for the application of polymer organic photovoltaics, and to study the formed MWCNTs-P3HT polymer nanocomposites properties, which are optical absorption, fluorescence emission, and morphology, as well as the formed photovoltaic device performance. This fundamental research would significantly contribute to the advanced technology development for how to improve the efficiency of the polymer organic photovoltaics.

Disciplines

Chemistry | Organic Chemistry | Polymer Chemistry