Aniline Oligomers As Model Conductive Polymers Via Proton Doping
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The emeraldine salt form of polyaniline is a conductor in the metallic regime. This salt form can be synthesized electrochemically or chemically using a method called proton doping. Oligomers of aniline are also interesting for their potential conductivity and are believed to be useful substances in future technology. This project involves probing the electroactivity of the oligomers when coupled to electron donating and accepting functional groups. The dimer, tetramer, and octamer of aniline must be synthesized using a divergent-convergent growth scheme, and a method of coupling the aniline oligomer involves using a heterocyclic chelator called phenanthroline.