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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2010, Article ID 168025, 6 pages
Research Article

Synthesis of Hollow Conductive Polypyrrole Balls by the Functionalized Polystyrene as Template

Department of Chemistry, Hannam University, Daejeon 305-811, Republic of Korea

Received 26 September 2009; Accepted 16 March 2010

Academic Editor: Xiaogong Wang

Copyright © 2010 Choo Hwan Chang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report the preparation of hollow spherical polypyrrole balls (HSPBs) by two different approaches. In the first approach, core-shell conductive balls, CSCBs, were prepared with poly(styrene) as core and polypyrrole (PPy) as shell by in situ polymerization of pyrrole in the presence of polystyrene (PS) latex particles. In the other approach, CSCBs were obtained by in situ copolymerization of pyrrole in the presence of PS(F) with hydrophilic groups like anhydride, boronic acid, carboxylic acid, or sulfonic acid, and then HSPBs were obtained by the removal of PS or PS(F) core from CSCBs. TEM images reveal the spherical morphology for HSPBs prepared from PS(F). The conductivity of CSCBs and HSPBs was in the range of 0.20–0.90 S/.