The NRL Program on Electroactive Polymers.
Annual progress rept. no. 2,
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The electroactive polymer program of the Naval Research Laboratory NRL is directed towards the development of synthetic, non-metallic polymers with properties superior to those of the currently available electrical and electronic materials, whose utility is often limited by such factors as weight, mechanical fragility, fabrication problems, corrosion, scarcity and high cost. These limiting properties of current electronic materials closely match the superior properties of non-metallic polymeric materials, i.e., 1 high strength to weight ratio 2 unlimited availability 3 low cost 4 simplified fabrication and 5 variability in molecular design and properties. The thrust of this program is therefore to determine those chemical combinations of molecules that have high electrical conductivity and then by chemical synthesis or modification incorporate them into polymers that combine the required electrical and electromagnetic properties with the desired material characteristics. This summary report contains thirteen contributions in four interrelated areas theory, synthesis, characterization, and application. Author
- Polymer Chemistry