• Gostkowska-Lekner, N.; Kojda, D.; Hoffmann, J.E.; May, M.; Huber, P.; Habicht, K.; Hofmann, T.: Synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrids based on the conjugated polymer P3HT and mesoporous silicon. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 343 (2022), p. 112155/1-6

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Organic–inorganic hybrids are a class of functional materials that combine favorable properties of their constituents to achieve an overall improved performance for a wide range of applications. This article presents the synthesis route for P3HT-porous silicon hybrids for thermoelectric applications. The conjugated polymer P3HT is incorporated into the porous silicon matrix by means of melt infiltration. Gravimetry, sorption isotherms and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) mapping indicate that the organic molecules occupy more than 50% of the void space in the inorganic host. We demonstrate that subsequent diffusion-based doping of the confined polymer in a FeCl3 solution increases the electrical conductivity of the hybrid by five orders of magnitude compared to the empty porous silicon host.