The Synthesis and Characterization of Polyaniline/ Polysaccharide Conducting Composites

Heidi Weiss, Otto Pfefferkorn, Gordon Kotora, Brian Humphrey

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Conducting composite films formed by chemical oxidation of aniline in the presence of a polysaccharide matrix, such as cellulose (dialysis membrane) or dinitrocellulose (collodion film), are examined. Cyclic voltammetry, conductivity, and UV-vis spectroscopy studies demonstrate the presence of the conducting polymer polyaniline in the composite films. The characteristics of the composite materials are affected by acid/base conditions similar to the manner in which polyaniline is affected. However, the mechanical properties of these materials resemble those of the polysaccharide matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3711-3714
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989


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