Recent advances in ion sensing with conducting polymers

The main scope of this review is to critically evaluate our current understanding of ion interactions with conducting polymers and explore how these novel materials can contribute to improving our ion-sensing capabilities

Vithyasaahar Sethumadhavan; Sam Rudd; Eliza Switalska; Kamil Zuber; Peter Teasdale; Drew Evans

2019

Scholarcy highlights

  • Many processes and mechanisms found in nature rely on ions
  • Conducting polymers are interesting materials with properties that depend on their doping level and structure
  • Because the conducting polymer properties change as a function of their oxidation, they show promise for ion sensing
  • Researchers have shown that a general set of rules for how conducting polymers and ions interact is difficult to define
  • Several factors influence the interaction. These range from the chemistry of the conducting polymer to the method of fabrication
  • The choice of the counterion used during fabrication is just as critical as the specific ion that is chosen to be sensed

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