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One-Dimensional Conducting Polymer Nanostructures: Bulk Synthesis and Applications

Authors

  • Henry D. Tran,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and California NanoSystems Institute University of California Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569 (USA)
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  • Dan Li,

    1. Department of Materials Engineering, ARC Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science Monash University Victoria 3800 (Australia)
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  • Richard B. Kaner

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and California NanoSystems Institute University of California Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569 (USA)
    • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and California NanoSystems Institute University of California Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569 (USA).
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Abstract

This Progress Report provides a brief overview of current research activities in the field of one-dimensional (1D) conducting polymer nanostructures. The synthesis, properties, and applications of these materials are outlined with a strong emphasis on recent literature examples. Chemical methods that can produce 1D nanostructures in bulk quantities are discussed in the context of two different strategies: 1) procedures that rely on a nanoscale template or additive not inherent to the polymer and 2) those that do not. The different sub-classifications of these two strategies are delineated and the virtues and vices of each area are discussed. Following this discussion is an outline of the properties and applications of 1D conducting polymer nanostructures. This section focuses on applications in which nanostructured conducting polymers are clearly advantageous over their conventional counterparts. We conclude with our perspective on the main challenges and future research directions for this new class of nanomaterials. This Progress Report is not intended as a comprehensive review of the field, but rather a summary of select contributions that we feel will provide the reader with a strong basis for further investigation into this fast emerging field.

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