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Synthese, characterization of functionalized WO3 nanoparticles modified electrodes for high performence electrochromic devices

Grant number: 10/08043-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2010
Effective date (End): August 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal researcher:Susana Inés Córdoba de Torresi
Grantee:José de Ribamar Martins Neto
Home Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:09/53199-3 - Molecular recognition and energy storage: fundamental studies concerning geometry, size and synthesis effects on the optimization of the chemical properties of electroactive materials, AP.TEM


This research project aims at the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured tungsten oxide (WO3) via ultrasound. A major advantage of ultrasound-assisted synthesis for nanostructures is the low amount of material used, because they are commonly needed a few milliliters of dilute solutions, another advantage that can be cited is the speed and ease of synthetic routes. The nanostructures are adsorbed on electrodes by electrophoretic deposition (EPD), which is very interesting method that provides direct contact of electroactive material with the electrode surface, thereby increasing the rate of electron transfer, in addition, by changing experimental parameters such as the electric field and deposition time, different architectures can be easily obtained. Electrodes modified by the structures of WO3 will be used to build-up electrochromic electrodes where high performance is due to surface immobilization of nanostructures by organic chromophores (bipyridine salts) that, in principle, confer a greater modulation of color to the electrode, taking into account that WO3 itself has excellent electrochromic properties that will be enhanced by the nano-structure. One possible application for the electrodes modified by WO3 is its use as optical sensors for gases, but this would be a theme to be developed for future collaborations. The characterization of nanostructures and their modified electrodes will be performed by various microscopic techniques such as High-resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Different spectroscopic techniques are also used such as Electrochemical Impedance, Raman and Infrared. Obviously traditional electrochemical characterizations coupled with other in situ techniques , such as UV-Vis and the Quartz Crystal Electrochemical Microbalance . At last, it is worth noting the excellent facilities found in the Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo, where this project will be developped.

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NETO, José de Ribamar Martins. Nanostructured WO3 electrochromic film: synthesis, characterization and functionalization. 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Conjunto das Químicas (IQ e FCF) (CQ/DBDCQ) São Paulo.

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