Template Synthesis of Conducting Polymers - Enhanced Conductivity, Enhanced Supermolecular Order, Interesting Microstructures
COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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Template synthesis entails the synthesis of an electronically conductive polymer within the pores of a microporous membrane. The membranes employed have cylindrical pores of equivalent pre diameter. These pores spatially-confine the synthesis and act as templates for the resulting polymer. Conductive polymer fibrils are obtained, where the fibril diameter is determined by the pore diameter. We have shown that these fibrils can be orders of magnitude more conductive than conventional films of the analogous polymer. Conductive polymer tubules can also be obtained in certain membranes. Conductivity, supermolecular order, and tubule synthesis will be discussed.
- Electricity and Magnetism