Template-synthesis-a method for enhancing the ionic and electronic conductivity in electronically conductive polymers

  • Martin C
  • Van Dyke L
  • Cai Z
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Abstract

Template-synthesis entails the synthesis of an electronically conductive polymer (or other material) within the pores of a microporous membrane. The membranes used have cylindrical pores of equivalent pore diameter; as a result, polymeric fibers are obtained, the diameters of which are determined by the diameter of the pores in the template membrane. We show in this paper that template-synthesized polypyrrole fibers show faster rates of charge-transport, during electrochemical "undoping", and dramatically higher electronic conductivities, than conventional forms of this polymer (eg electrochemically-synthesized film). © 1992.

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  • electronically conductive polymers
  • polypyrrole
  • template-synhesis

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Authors

  • Charles R. Martin

  • Leon S. Van Dyke

  • Zhihua Cai

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