The NRL Program on Electroactive Polymers.
Annual rept. no. 1, 1 Oct 77-30 Sep 78,
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C
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The general objective of this program is to develop new classes of polymeric materials that have unique and useful electrical properties suitable for application to Naval devices and systems. A subsidiary objective is to develop theory and guidelines relating electrical properties to the molecular nature and morphology of polymeric materials to permit the design of such materials with predictable properties for use in Naval applications. Specific material objectives are to synthesize, characterize, and evaluate for Naval applications a polymers that have substantially inorganic main-chains that exhibit metallic or semiconductivity b polyconjugated and organometallic polymers that exhibit metallic or semiconductivity c organic polymers capable of forming inter- or intra-molecular charge-transfer complexes through electron donor and acceptor moities within or attached to the polymer chain and d polymers that exhibit piezoelectric, pyroelectric, photovoltaic, or memory-switching properties. Specific items addressed in this first years effort are the application of advanced analytical techniques to develop an understanding of the composition and structure of state-of-the-art polymeric conductors and superconductors, the development of computer models of electron mobility in polymeric structures which would provide guidance to the synthetic effort, and the synthesis of polyacetylenes, conjugated polyphthalocyanines and charge-transfer polymers for development of a better understanding of structure-property relationships in these sytems. Author
- Polymer Chemistry
- Solid State Physics