Electropolymerization of pyrrole and 4-(3-Pyrrolyl) butane-sulfonate on Pt substrate: An in situ EQCM study

Bing Joe Hwang*, Deng Tswen Shieh, Wen Chien Chieh, Der Jang Liaw, Lain Jong Li

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Polypyrrole and poly(4-(3-Pyrrolyl)butane-sulfonate) films were electrodeposited potentiostatically or by potential cycling on Pt substrates. The growth behavior for electropolymerization of pyrrole and 4-(3-Pyrrolyl)butane-sulfonate was examined via an Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microgravimetry (EQCM) in situ. The effects of pyrrole and 4-(3-Pyrrolyl)butane-sulfonate concentration on the deposition rate (g/s) and the chronoamperometric responses were investigated. Additionally, the surface morphology of conductive polymer films were observed with atomic force microscopy (AFM). The polypyrrole film deposited electrochemically by potential cycling thickens with the forward and reverse scan. However, the poly(4-(3-Pyrrolyl)butane-sulfonate) film stopped growing during the reverse scan. The deposition rate of poly(4-(3-Pyrrolyl)butane-sulfonate) is linearly dependent on the 4-(3-Pyrrolyl)butane-sulfonate concentration. However, the deposition rate of polypyrrole depends nonlinearly on the pyrrole concentration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-182
Number of pages8
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1997


  • Deposition process
  • Interfaces
  • Nucleation
  • Polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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