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Helical Conformations of Conducting Polymers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 February 2011

Miklos Kertesz
Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University, Washington DC 20057.
Changxing Cui
Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University, Washington DC 20057.
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Helical conformations of polymers occur due to a variety of factors, some of which are electronic in origin. We briefly review the situations in which there is an electronic driving force towards a helix including a case that might be called a helical Peierls distortion. Energetics and geometries of helical conformations of polythiophene and polypyrrole are also analyzed.

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