Electronic and transport properties of highly conducting polymers

  • J. L. Brédas
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 172)


Conducting polymers! If, by the term “conducting”, we mean a material displaying an electrical conductivity at the metallic level, i.e. a conductivity typically larger than 100 S/cm at room temperature, the possibility of labelling in this way an organic polymer was considered until the late sixties to be very remote. In the past fifteeen years, however, exciting discoveries have triggered a revolution in our knowledge and perception of the organic solid state. Nowadays, there exists a large number of electrically conducting polymers [1] and the steady improvement of their mechanical characteristics, environmental stability, and solubility properties opens up interesting technological applications. Conducting polymers can indeed offer to combine in a single material the electrical properties of metals with the plasticity, light weight, low cost, and synthetic engineering feasibility of polymers. Furthermore, in their pristine state, these polymers have been recently demonstrated to possess very promising nonlinear optical characteristics.


High Occupied Molecular Orbital Lower Unoccupied Molecular Orbital Poly Thiophene Poly Acetylene Defect Band 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Brédas
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie Théorique Appliquée, Centre de Recherches sur les Matériaux AvancésFacultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la PaixNamurBelgium

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