CC BY 4.0 · Organic Materials 2022; 4(04): 292-300
DOI: 10.1055/a-1990-3149
Organic Thin Films: From Vapor Deposition to Functional Applications
Short Review

A Review on Application of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) in Rechargeable Batteries

a   Materials Science and Engineering Program & Texas Materials Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Shwetha Sunil Kumar
b   Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA
a   Materials Science and Engineering Program & Texas Materials Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA
b   Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA
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Since the very first patent on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) that was filed in 1988, this polymer has been widely utilized and has achieved great success owing to its high electrical conductivity and excellent stability. The application of the conducting polymer, PEDOT, in renewable energy devices, especially rechargeable batteries, is attracting increasing attention due to its potential to solve the energy and climate crisis. In this review, we summarize the research over the past few decades directed toward the application of PEDOT in rechargeable batteries aimed at improving their electrochemical performance. We focus on PEDOT synthesized via oxidative chemical vapor deposition (oCVD), a relatively new process known for its ability to grow conducting polymer thin films with uniform, pinhole-free properties, and controllable thickness and conformality. For a comparison purpose, PEDOT synthesized via solution-based methods is also briefly summarized. Finally, future research directions for applying oCVD PEDOT in rechargeable batteries are discussed.


PEDOT Synthesis Methods

Application of oCVD PEDOT in Rechargeable Batteries

Applications of Solution-Based PEDOT in Rechargeable Batteries

Conclusions and Outlook

Publication History

Received: 20 October 2022

Accepted after revision: 22 November 2022

Accepted Manuscript online:
30 November 2022

Article published online:
19 December 2022

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