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Free-standing phytantriol Q224 cubic-phase films: resistivity monitoring and switching

Brown, R., Madrid, E., Castaing, R., Stone, J. M., Squires, A. M., Edler, K. J., Takashina, K. and Marken, F. (2017) Free-standing phytantriol Q224 cubic-phase films: resistivity monitoring and switching. ChemElectroChem, 4 (5). pp. 1172-1180. ISSN 2196-0216

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Phytantriol Q224 cubic phase, as a bicontinuous meso-structured material stable in contact with aqueous electrolyte, has found applications in drug delivery and cosmetics and is employed here as a free-standing film separating two aqueous compartments in order to study i) ion conductivity (at low potential bias within ±0.8 V), ii) conductivity switching effects (at high potential bias beyond ±0.8 V), and iii) phase switching effects (as a function of temperature). A microhole of approximately 20 μm diameter in a 6 μm thick poly-ethylene-terephthalate film is employed as the support coated with phytantriol (on a single side or on both sides) in contact with aqueous electrolyte phase on both sides in a classic four-electrode measurement cell. The conductivity of the phytantriol phase within the microhole is shown to be ionic strength, applied potential, time/history, and temperature dependent. The experimental data for asymmetric phytantriol deposits are indicative of a microhole resistance that can be switched between two states (high and low resistance associated with a filled or empty microhole, respectively). When heating symmetrically applied films of phytantriol, Q224-to-HII phase transition linked to a jump to a higher specific resistivity is observed, which is consistent with differential scanning calorimetry data for this phase transition.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:71215

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