S K Jain
Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science
Volume 20 Issue 5 August 1997 pp 699-705
The electrical transport behaviour of ferrocene mixed poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films (≈ 20 µm in thickness) deposited by the isothermal immersion technique has been studied in the temperature range of 333–373 K and field from (2·0–4·0)×104 V/cm. It has been found that at higher fields and temperatures, the observed conduction behaviour could be consistently described by the Richardson-Schottky emission. The increase in current due to doping has been attributed to the formation of charge transfer complexes. The dopant molecules act as an additional trapping centre and provide a link between polymer molecules in amorphous region leading to the formation of charge transfer complex.
Volume 21 Issue 2 April 1998 pp 139-147
A detailed study of electrical conduction mechanism in bimetallized ferrocene-doped polyvinyl pyrrolidone films was carried out. The measurements were carried out on films of about 20 μm thick, in the field range of (2.0–8.0) x 104 V/cm at temperatures ranging from 363 to 423 K. An investigation of the effect of impurity such as ferrocene in the polymer matrix was undertaken. Lowering of activation energy and increase in current due to doping were observed. The results showed that the charge carriers were generated by field-assisted lowering of coulombic barriers at the traps and were conducted through the bulk of the material by a hopping process between the localized states by a Jonscher-Ansari modified Poole-Frenkel mechanism. The dependence of current and activation energy on the ferrocene concentration is explained on the basis of charge transfer type of interaction between dopant and polymeric material.
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