Advanced Functional Materials

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20_13/2010Ionic Liquids: Electropolymerization of a Bifunctional Ionic Liquid Monomer Yields an Electroactive Liquid-Crystalline Polymer (Adv. Funct. Mater. 13/2010)

M. A. Firestone et al. present a polymer that incorporates an electronic component with an ionic liquid and produces a mixed ionic and electronic conductor on page 2063. Electropolymerization of a bifunctional imidazolium-based ionic liquid monomer incorporating both vinyl and thiophene groups yields a liquid-crystalline polymer that adopts an interconnected network structure formed by two orthogonally oriented lamellar sheets. The structural ordering leads to enhanced electrical conductivity.

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