Encapsulation of Conducting Polymers within Zeolites

  • Patricia Enzel
  • Thomas Bein
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 248)


A great deal of current research efforts are aimed at the design and understanding of conducting and semiconducting structures at sub-micrometer dimensions. The term ‘molecular electronics’ describes the ultimate reduction of electronic circuitry to the molecular level.1 Beyond the development of concepts,2 a major challenge in this area is to create isolated, addressable molecular units that function as useful electronic components. We study the encapsulation of conducting polymers within the crystalline channel systems of zeolite hosts as a promising approach to isolated, well-defined chains of molecular conductors. The molecularsize channels of these hosts limit the dimensions of the polymer chains to molecular dimensions. The conducting polymers polypyrrole and polythiophene have previously been studied in larger scale host structures such as layered FeOCl and V2O5.3 Polypyrrole fibrils with diameters between 0.03 and 1 μm at 10 μm length have been synthesized in Nucleopore membranes.4


Bulk Polymer Zeolite Crystal Zeolite Sample Molecular Conductor Current Research Effort 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Enzel
    • 1
  • Thomas Bein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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