Polyacetylene Comes Full Circle

Many modern flexible electronic devices may be traced back to the first linear polyacetylene synthesis in 1958. Researchers have now created cyclic polyacetylene using a highly active catalyst, allowing them to manufacture films of the semiconducting polymer quickly. Researchers want to know how the material’s physical and electrical properties compare to those of its linear brother. “I believe this substance, like linear polyacetylene, will be studied for a long time,” says Adam S. Veige of the University of Florida, who co-led the research with his colleague Brent S. Sumerlin.


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