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Current state and future directions of research and development in conducting polymers


Spinks, GM and Innis, PC and Lewis, TW and Kane-Maghire, LAP and Wallace, GG, Current state and future directions of research and development in conducting polymers, Materials Science, 24 pp. 125-166. ISSN 0883-2900 (2000) [Refereed Article]


Polymers that inherently conduct electricity have been researched intensively for a little over 20 years. An enormous research effort in academic and industrial institutions has resulted in over 17,000 publications published in the last 10 years alone. Significant advances in the synthesis of new polymers and the methods for processing these polymers into products have resulted from this research activity. A number of commercial developments have emerged, some of which have reached maturity as marketed products. Some others have failed in the marketplace. The diversity of applications for conducting polymers continues to fuel research and development and ensures that new products will emerge over the foreseeable future. In the more distant future, truly intelligent polymer systems remain as an achievable objective. By developing appropriate processing and fabrication technologies, it should be possible to integrate sensing, actuating and energy storage functions into a single system. Further developments in self-assembly of conducting polymers from the nano- to the meso-scale will open up applications in MEMS and nanotechnology.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:doped materials, electric conductivity, electrochemistry, fabrication, polymers, redox reactions
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Macromolecular and materials chemistry
Research Field:Inorganic materials (incl. nanomaterials)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Lewis, TW (Associate Professor Trevor Lewis)
ID Code:130666
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2019-02-07
Last Modified:2019-02-20

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