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Radical Polymerisation Polyelectrolytes

Volume 145 of the series Advances in Polymer Science pp 57-122

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Molecular Engineering of π-Conjugated Polymers

  • Jerry L. ReddingerAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering, George and Josephine Butler Polymer Research Laboratories, University of Florida
  • , John R. ReynoldsAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering, George and Josephine Butler Polymer Research Laboratories, University of Florida

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Abstract

An extensive review of the synthesis of π-conjugated polymers is presented using a tutorial approach to provide an introduction to the field intended for the undergraduate student and the experienced chemist alike. The many synthetic methodologies that have been used for the synthesis of conjugated polymers are outlined for each class of polymers with a focus on research from the 1990s. The effect of structure on electrical properties is detailed. Specific systems reviewed include the polyacetylenes, polyanilines, polypyrroles, polythiophenes, poly(arylene vinylenes), and polyphenylenes.

Keywords

Conducting polymers Conjugated polymers Polyacetylenes Polyanilines Polypyrroles Polythiophenes Poly(arylene vinylenes) Polyphenylenes