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Conducting polymers

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2000 was awarded to Shirakawa, MacDiarmid and Heeger for the discovery of conducting polymers. In this Focus, we look at the progress made since then in the synthesis of polymeric conductors and semiconductors, in the fundamental understanding of their properties and in their use in devices and commercialization. We also collect some of the most recent research results published in our pages.

News and Comments

Twenty years after the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of conducting polymers, we reflect on the open research questions and the status of commercial development of these materials.

Editorial | | Nature Materials

Shirakawa, MacDiarmid and Heeger received the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of conducting polymers. Here we summarize the impact of (semi)conducting polymers on fundamental research, synthetic accessibility at scale, industrial applicability and the future.

Comment | | Nature Materials


A cell culture interfacing an organic neuromorphic device in a microfluidic system reversibly modifies the device synaptic weight through chemical reactions mediated by the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter used in biological synapses.

Letter | | Nature Materials

From the archive

From optoelectronic to biomedical and energy storage applications, the interest in organic mixed ionic–electronic conductors is expanding. This Review describes current understanding of the processes occurring in these materials and their structure–property relations.

Review Article | | Nature Materials