What is it about?

The idea of polymers being able to conduct electricity offer exciting possibilities. The conductivity is not due to additives such as carbon, but the polymer itself enables electrons to move up and down the chains, sometimes accompanied by the movement of ions. This paper looks at some novel monomer building blocks designed to extend the electron flow in the resulting polymers.

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Why is it important?

Polymers that conduct electricity are useful in applications such as biosensors, artifical nerves, drug-delivery devices, corrosion-resistant coatings and computer displays.

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My first paper!

Dr James R Smith
University of Portsmouth

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This page is a summary of: Polyheterocycles containing alkene spacer linkages Part I. Synthesis and electropolymerization of 3-styrylthiophenes, Synthetic Metals, April 1994, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/0379-6779(94)90234-8.
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