Smoothing the path for conductive polymers

Polymers with a special property called proquinoidal character can be used to make organic conductors a thousand to a billion times more conductive.

In collaboration with colleagues from A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Dexter Tam, a Scientist at A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) was able to synthesize conjugated polymers containing BBTa26, a candidate proquinoidal monomer. When he tested these new polymers, he found that he had a new semiconducting material, which was a thousand to a billion times more conductive than other organic semiconductors.

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