Electrochemical and optical devices based on molecule/high-Tc superconductor structures

David C. Jurbergs, Steven G. Haupt, Rung Kuang Lo, Christopher T. Jones, Jianai Zhao, John T. Mcdevitt

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Through the use of electrochemical and vacuum deposition techniques, molecular materials are combined with high-Tc superconductors in order to fabricate two new classes of hybrid devices. In the first class of devices, electrochemical methods are utilized to deposit polypyrrole onto YBa2Cu3O7-δ structures. With such systems, experiments are conducted which explore electron transfer events which occur between the conductive polymer and the high-Tc superconductor at temperatures both above and below Tc. Here it is found that the transition temperature (Tc) of the superconductor is depressed dramatically when polypyrrole is oxidized to its conductive form and that it returns to a value which is close to the original value upon reduction of the polypyrrole layer to the neutral, nonconductive form. In the second class of devices, the ability of molecular dye layers to affect the optical properties of YBa2Cu3O7-δ photodetectors is demonstrated. By examining changes in the optical and electronic properties of these systems, energy transfer processes which occur between molecules and high-Tc superconductors are explored. Here it is found that dye layers are able to act as antenna for optical radiation at those wavelengths which the dye layer absorbs light most strongly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1319-1329
Number of pages11
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jul 1995


  • device
  • electrochemistry
  • high-T superconductor
  • macromolecular electronics
  • optical sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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