Polyanilines. On the interplay between chemical and electronic structure

J. L. Bredas*

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Abstract

Polyanilines constitute a family of polymers which have recently attracted much attention in the field of conducting polymers. In this contribution, we focus on the three main forms of polyaniline: (a) leucoemeraldine, the reduced form; (b) emeraldine, the semi-oxidized form; and (c) pernigraniline, the fully oxidized form. We illustrate how the modifications in chemical structure impact on the major electronic properties, such as the nature of the bandgap. We also discuss the influence of ring rotations and ring or nitrogen substitutions on the magnitude of the gap and on the mobility of charge carriers, such as polarons, which are created upon protonation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302
Number of pages1
JournalPolymeric Materials Science and Engineering, Proceedings of the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
Volume64
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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