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Enhanced contrast ratios and rapid-switching color-changeable devices based on poly(3,4-propylenedioxythiophene) derivative and counterelectrode
Author(s): Chunye Xu; Hirohisa Tamagawa; Mikio Uchida; Minoru Taya
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Paper Abstract

A large contrast ratio and rapid switching electrochromic(EC) polymer device which consists of laminated two-layer structure between two electrodes was proposed. The new design which only comprises an ITO coated glass electrode, a cathodic poly(3,4-propylenedioxythiophene) derivative (PProDOT-(CH3$2) EC polymer film, a solid electrolyte and an Au-based counterelectrode which replaces anodic EC polymer and ITO electrode. Carbon-based counterelectrode was prepared for comparing with Au-based counterelectrode. Lithography and sputtering were used for Au patterning on glass substrate, while screen printing was used for carbon-based counterelectrode. Covering percentage of Au is less than 20%, in order to keep the electrode high transmittance. We also prepared a solid electrolyte, such as poly(methyl metracrylate)(PMMA) based containing LiClO4 gel electrolyte for solid state applications. A special parafilm was utilized on sealing the assembly device. Color change of high contrast ratio of transmittance (>(Delta) 50% T) of the device is rapidly (0.5-1s) obtained upon applied 2.5V voltage and repeatable (10,000 times). The temperature range under which the switching is stable is wide, -40 degree(s)C ~ 100 degree(s)C. The repeatability of current of EC polymer devices while color change was estimated by electrochemistry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4695, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (11 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475192
Show Author Affiliations
Chunye Xu, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Hirohisa Tamagawa, Gifu Univ. (Japan)
Mikio Uchida, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Minoru Taya, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4695:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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