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High aspect ratio (50:1), 10-μm-long electrically conductive multifunctional nanobundles are templated from 200 nm anodized aluminum oxide membrane via a conformal vapor based synthesis known as oxidative chemical vapor deposition of a copolymer of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene and 3-thiopheneethanol. The vapor phase oxidative step growth synthesis processes vapor phase polymerization and oxidative chemical vapor deposition for both conducting and semiconducting polymer thin films and their applications are reviewed by Dhiman Bhattacharyya, Rachel M. Howden, David C. Borrelli, and Karen K. Gleason on page 1329 of this issue. Both the techniques provide many unique advantages over the wet-chemical syntheses and deposition of the similar types of polymers.