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Conjugated polymer doped nanocomposite silica thin films

United States Patent Application

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The present invention discloses a composite structure including an inorganic thin film having a defined mesostructure formed in a surfactant based formation process including a non-cationic surfactant template material, and, a conjugated polymer immobilized within the mesostructured inorganic thin film. A sensor using such a composite structure as a responsive element and a method of detecting trace amounts of nitro-containing organic species are also disclosed.
Dattelbaum, Andrew M. (Los Alamos, NM), Shreve, Andrew P. (Santa Fe, NM), Wang, Hsing-Lin (Los Alamos, NM)
10/ 789,588
February 27, 2004
[0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.