intrinsically conducting polymer
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  1. The bulk electrical conductivity of an intrinsically @[email protected] is comparable to that of some metals and results from its macromolecules acquiring positive or negative charges through @[email protected] or reduction by an electron-acceptor or -donor (charge-transfer agent), termed a @[email protected]
  2. Examples of intrinsically conducting polymers are polyacetylene, polythiophene, polypyrrole, or polyaniline. Unlike @[email protected] electrolytes, in which charge is transported by dissolved ions, charge in intrinsically conducting polymers is transported along and between polymer molecules via generated charge carriers (e.g., holes, electrons).
  3. An intrinsically @[email protected] should be distinguished from a @[email protected] and from a @[email protected]
PAC, 2006, 78, 2067. (Terminology of polymers containing ionizable or ionic groups and of polymers containing ions (IUPAC Recommendations 2006)) on page 2070 [Terms] [Paper]