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Conducting and semiconducting (conjugated) polymers have a unique set of
properties, combining the electronic properties of metals and semiconductors
with the processing advantages and mechanical properties of polymers. Now,
thirty-five years after their discovery, metallic conducting polymers have been
demonstrated in the laboratory to have electrical conductivities approaching
that of copper, and mechanical strengths exceeding that of steel, a remarkable
A wide variety of electrical and optical devices have been demonstrated using
semiconducting polymers. Light-emitting devices have been made which are as
bright as fluorescent lamps at applied voltages of only a few volts;
photovoltaic solar energy conversion using conjugated polymer composites is in
industrial production; conjugated polymer transistors, circuits and chips have
been demonstrated. Indeed, semiconducting and metallic polymers can be thought
of as electronic 'inks'. The advances in printing technology (ink-jet printing,
off-set printing, etc) combined with the science and technology of conducting
polymers will revolutionize the way in which electronic devices are
manufactured. In addition, semiconducting and metallic polymers can be used in
applications which require special mechanical properties such as flexibility.
The field of semiconducting and conducting polymers has become one of the most
attractive areas of interdisciplinary materials science and technology. Ranging
from physics, chemistry, electrical and electronic engineering to the optical
sciences, this field covers a wide range of competences and interdisciplinary