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Frequency-dependent conductivity of interpenetrating polymer network composites of polypyrrole–poly(vinyl acetate)

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The frequency-dependent conductivity of interpenetrating polymer network composites of polypyrrole (PPy) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) synthesized by FeCl3-impregnated PVAc films being dipped into solutions of pyrrole in water was investigated over a frequency range of 100 Hz to 2 MHz and a temperature range of 110–300 K. For specimens with a PPy content less than the percolation threshold, the quantum mechanical tunneling of electrons was the conduction mechanism. For specimens with a higher PPy content, correlated barrier hopping of electrons appeared to be operative. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 39: 1935–1941, 2001

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