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Unit 1

Conducting polymers: Conducting mechanisms – Electron transport and bipolar polymers – electrodepositable resists, resins. Applications – Organic light emitting diodes, Sensors, EMI shielding, printed Circuit Boards, Artificial nerves, Rechargeable Batteries, Electromechanical Actuators and switches.

Unit 2

Photoconductive polymers: Charge carriers, charge injectors, charge transport, charge trapping. Polymers for optical data storage – principles of optical storage, polymers in recording layer.

Nonlinear optics: NLO properties and NLO effects, wave guide devices, polymer optical fibers – through plane modulators.

Unit 3

Thermosensitive polymers: Applications – Mechanical actuators and switches – Tissue culture, Drug delivery, Photo resists – Types – Chemically amplified photoresists – Applications. Magnetic polymers – structure and Applications.

Liquid crystalline polymers: Fundamentals and process, liquid crystalline displays – Applications.

Text Books

  1. Kiichi Takemoto, Raphael M. Ottenbrite, Mikiharu Kamachi, “Functional Monomers and Polymers”, CRC Press, (1997).


  • A B Kaiser, “Electronic properties of conjugated polymers – basics, models and applications”, Springer Verlag, (1987).
  • J. A. Chilton and M T Goosy, “Special polymers for electronics and optoelectronics”, Kluwer Academic Publishers, (1995).

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