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Electronically Conducting Polymers

SpecialChem / Roy Crompton – Oct 10, 2011

Electrical conductive polymers are breakthrough materials which will open latest markets and expand product ranges into advance applications by offering materials with an expanded range of physical and electrical properties. Electrically conductive polymers have application in the fields of electronics, microelectronic devices, computers, photocopying equipment and other recent applications such as electrically conducting electrochemical and fuel cells.

Charge transport in electrically conductive polymers is related to the rate of early polarisable delocalised p-electrons which determine the electrical properties of conductive polymer. Charges in molecular structure of the polymer due to localisation of p-electrons and electron repulsion between the polycations, for example, influences the operation of a conducting polymer micro actuator. Various typed electrically conducting plastics are discussed in different sections viz polyaniline, polypyrrole, epoxy resin, low density polyethylene, polystyrene, polyphenylene oxide, polyesters, polycarbonates, polyvinylidene, fluoride etc.

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