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New approaches to insulated molecular wires derived from polyaniline

Final Activity Report Summary - OLIGOANILINE_IMWs (New approaches to insulated molecular wires derived from polyaniline)

Electronic devices that have been engineered at the nanoscale, such as solar cells and light emitting diodes, have the potential to become a major player in solving the global energy and pollution problems. The main challenges in the creation of these future electronic devices lie in life-time stability and efficiency.

We developed a method to insulate electricity conducting polymer wires from their environment, thereby improving their stability and improving light emission efficiency in light emitting diodes. In a particular part of this project we found that molecular scale insulation massively stabilised the conducting form of one of the most widely used conducting polymers, polyaniline.