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CHAPTER 1

Pi-Conjugated Polymers: The Importance of Polymer Synthesis

Starting with an historical perspective on the development of pi-conjugated polymers, the importance of synthetic chemistry is introduced as the enabling science for the development of this exciting family of materials. From relatively simple repeat unit structures, to complicated copolymers and multiring systems that can contain an array of functional groups, we illustrate how chemical reactivity leads to highly specific structures where properties are controlled beginning at the molecular level. This introductory chapter leads the reader towards a focused set of chapters directed to different polymer types from an outstanding collection of synthetic chemists who have made strong contributions to the field.

Publication details


Print publication date
18 Oct 2013
Copyright year
2013
Print ISBN
978-1-84973-799-9
PDF eISBN
978-1-84973-977-1
From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series