The use of conductive polymers as a substitute for metallic conductors and semiconductors has attracted much attention in the literature. In particular, aromatic heterocyclic polymers constitute an important class since they possess chemical and electrical stability in both the oxidized (doped) and neutral (undoped) state. Doping a polymer allows one to vary its electrical, mechanical, optical, and thermal properties. The properties of these polymers are promising for their many technological uses such as antistatic coatings, solar cells, and electronic devises. Polyfuran is among the least common heterocyclic polymers. Polyfuran has been reported to be much less stable that either polypyrrole or polythiophene. The preparation of co-polymers of polyfuran with two percent pyrrole or thiophene is reported. The polymers are characterized by *HNMR, IR, and ESR spectroscopy, and the electrical conductivity of the doped and un-doped synthetic polyfuran and co-polymers is provided.
McConnell, Rose M.; Godwin, Walter E.; Baker, Susan E.; Powell, Kenya; Baskett, Martha; Morara, Amy; and Ma, Xiadong
"Co-polymers of Furan with Pyrrole or Thiophene: A Synthetic Study,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 56
, Article 17.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol56/iss1/17