Spangler, Charles W.
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The discovery that the electrical conductivity of polyacetylene could be increased dramatically upon oxidative or reductive "doping" with iodine or AsF₅ caused a rapid growth in the conducting polymer field that is still ongoing today. One of the biggest problems a chemist studying conducting polymers faces is the insolubility of the materials being studied. Much work has been done, therefore, to develop soluble polymer precursors or oligomers to serve as models for conducting polymers. Current studies in our laboratory have involved the synthesis and the oxidative doping of one such system, namely α,ω-dithienylpolyenes.
Gates, Bradley D., "Oxidative doping of a,?-dithienylpolyenes : bipolaron destablization by electron withdrawing groups" (1988). Honors Capstones. 861.
Northern Illinois University
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