The development of electrically Conducting Polymers


  • Dr. Herbert Naarmann

    1. BASF, AG, Plastics Research Laboratory D-6700 Ludwigshafen (FRG)
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    • Studied organic and physical chemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universitä Münster (FRG) 1951–54, moving on to the Maximilians-Universitä, Würzburg where he received his Ph.D. for a thesis entitled “Characterization and synthesis of comonents in spider and snake poisons”. He has been an employee at BASF since June 1960, his main inerests being the study o correlations between the structure and properties of organic and polymeric materials, including new functional monomers, nw initiators, C-C-label systems, oxidative coupling reactions, new types of cationic and anionic polymerization. HT-polymers, flame retardants, and electrically conducting polymers. He has published approximately 60 papers and hols around 500 patients.

  • I would like to thank my colleagues at BASF for their efficient and congenial teamwork, especially: Chem. Ing. Hellwig, and Drs. Haberkorn, Heckmann, Denig, Simak, Passlack, Voelkel, Schlag, Naegele, Penzien, Köhler, Theophilou, and Cosmo. Special thanks are also due to my partners in the BMFT project, Professors Wegner, Schwoerer and Dormann and their colleagues, for fruitful cooperation. Lastly, I would like to thank Dr. F. Beck (now Professor in Duisburg), who measured the electrical conductivity of polyconjugated systems at the beginning of the 60s.


The development of polyacetylenes, polythiophenes and polypyrroles, amongst other conducting polymers is traced from an industrial point of view by one of the pioneers in the field. The methods used for the production of the materials are described and present and future applications are assessed.