A proton-doped calix[4]arene-based conducting polymer.

TitleA proton-doped calix[4]arene-based conducting polymer.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsYu, H-H, Xu, B, Swager, TM
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Date Publishedfeb
Keywordsprepn elec conducting proton doped calix arene polythiophene

Segmented conducting polymers based upon a calix[4]arene scaffold are reported. The cone conformation creates a zigzag orientation of the polymer segments. Their acid-dependent conductivities are similar to the strong pH conductivity dependence of polyaniline which is said to be acid dopable. On the other hand, they have a segmented structure that imposes greater localization of the carriers. The conductivity of such a system can be considered to result from rapid self-exchange between discrete units. Hence, electron exchange between radical cations and p-diquinone salts produces the high conductivity of these polymers.