Poly-3-hexylthiophene functionalized silsesquioxane nanorods (P3HT-NRs) were prepared by direct hydrolysis and condensation of P3HT-silane precursor using the modified Stöber method. The silane precursor was stirred in a mixture of two solvents in the presence of a base under room temperature for three different reaction times. The size, shape, and morphology of these novel nanostructures were visualized using the transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The composition of the P3HT-NRs was confirmed by FTIR and its silane by proton NMR. Future work will focus on evaluating photovoltaic performance of these nanorods as a donor for organic photovoltaics.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. Hemali Rathnayake
Patel, Dharmesh, "Poly-3-hexylthiophene Nanorods as A Donor for Organic Photovoltaics" (2014). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 509.