MAT_SCI 337: Conducting Polymers

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 11-11:50 ; Huang


331 strongly recommended


The student should be able to understand the synthesis-structures-properties-applications relationship of conducting polymers. They should be able to:

  • Draw the molecular structure of common conducting polymer monomers/polymers
  • Know basic synthetic methods
  • Understand the concept of doping and dedoping
  • Be familiar with common applications of conducting polymers and the science behind them
  • Be familiar with the history of the field, some leading scientists and classical references, and some current research activities in the field
  • Gain hands-on experiences on the synthesis of nanostructured conducting polymers and construct chemical vapor sensors

Choose one from the following (about 10 hours)

1: Polyaniline Nanofiber Sensors

  • Session 1: Safety orientation and synthesis of polyaniline nanofibers
  • Session 2: Purification of polyaniline nanofibers, preparation of sensor electrodes and deposition of polyaniline
  • Session 3: Testing the sensors Pre-lab and post-lab reports are required
  • Location: TBA

2: Polyaniline nanofiber actuators Synthesize polyaniline nanofibers and use them to make an artificial hand or a flower

3: Propose your own project on conducting polymers

Textbook: 1. Conducting Polymers, Fundamentals and Applications, by Prasanna. Chandrasekhar - 1999, ISBN: 9780792385646 2. Handbook of conducting polymers (1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions) ISBN: 9781574446654