Date of Award

Spring 4-22-2019

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Type



Conducting polymer is a common electrode material in supercapacitors, people usually create nano-structure on electrode surface to enhance the performance of supercapacitors. Synthetic nanostructured polymers have been implemented in many ways, most of them are template-based synthesis, which is time consuming and expensive, people are pursuing an easier way to synthesize nanostructured conducting polymers. Combining ferric chloride solution hydrolysis and EDOT polymerization to get PEDOT nano fiber in one step has been achieved. We develop a new method to synthesis PEDOT nano fiber from solid-state iron in one step. Our process takes place in a single step inside a sealed hydrothermal reactor when monomer vapor contacts a rust coating undergoing dissolution – this approach is scalable requiring only a rusted steel surface, acid vapor and monomer vapor. Freestanding nanofibrillar PEDOT films delaminate from a steel substrate characterized by an electronic conductivity of 323 S cm-1 and high electrochemical stability.


English (en)


Julio M. D'Arcy Katharine Flores Mark Meacham

Committee Members

Julio M. D'Arcy Katharine Flores Mark Meacham