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Title
A substrate-free electrochromic device
Manuscript (preprint)
Authors
Abdellah Malti, Robert Brooke, Xianjie Liu, Dan Zhao, Peter Andersson Ersman, Mats Fahlman, Magnus Berggren, Xavier Crispin
Publication Year
2015
Abstract
<p>Electrochromic displays based on conducting polymers offer higher contrast, are cheaper, faster, more durable, and easier to synthesize as well as to process than their non-polymeric counterparts. The field of organic electrochromics has made considerable strides in the last decade with the development of new materials and methods. Here, we present a cellulose composite combining PEDOT:PSS and TiO2 that is a free-standing electrochromic material. Owing to the excellent refractive properties of TiO2, this nanocomposite is white in the neutral state and, when reduced, turns blue resulting in a color contrast exceeding 30. The composite has a granular morphology and, as shown by AFM, an intermingling of TiO2 and PEDOT:PSS at the surface. Variation of TiO2 within the material led to a trade-off in optical and electrical properties. A proof of concept free-standing electrochromic device was fabricated by casting several layers, which was found to be stable over 100 cycles.</p>