Volume 88 Issue 42 | p. 27 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 18, 2010

Side Chains Insulate Polythiophene Wires

Sheathing polythiophene with its own cyclic side chains leads to defect-free insulated molecular wires
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: insulated molecular wire, polythiophene, metathesis

By sheathing polythiophene with its own cyclic side chains, chemists in Japan have created an insulated molecular wire that’s free from structural defects (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja107444m). The insulating strategy results in a molecular wire (shown) with excellent charge-carrying properties that may find use as molecular electric cords in nanosized integrated circuits. Just as wires in building . . .

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