Alan G. MacDiarmid

Alan Graham MacDiarmid received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2000 jointly with Alan J. Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa for the discovery of metallic polymers i.e. plastics which were capable of conducting electricity. MacDiarmid added bromine to a precursor of polysulfurnitride (the polymer) as in previous experiments addition of bromine had increased the conductivity of materials up to ten folds. Much to the amazement of the three scientists working together, addition of bromine increased the activity of polymer a million times not just ten folds.

Alan MacDiarmid received the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry 1971,    RSNZ Rutherford Medal 2000 and the Order of New Zealand 2001. MacDiarmid also authored books namely “The Bond to Carbon” (1968), “Organometallic Compounds of the Group IV Elements” (1968, two volumes) and “The Bond to Halogens and Halogenoids” (1972).

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1999 Homorary Doctorate, Victoria University of Wellington

1999 American Chemical Society Award in Materials Chemistry

2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2000 Rutherford Medal, Royal Society of New Zealand

2002 Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences

2002 Member of the Order of New Zealand

2004 Friendship Award,People’s Republic of China

Chiang, C.K.; Druy, M.A.; Gau, S.C.; Heeger, A.J.; Louis, E.J.; MacDiarmid, A.G.; Park, Y.W.; Shirakawa, H., ”Synthesis of Highly Conducting Films of Derivatives of Polyacetylene, (CH)x,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 100, 1013 (1978).

Chiang, J.-C., and MacDiarmid, A.G., ”Polyaniline’: Protonic Acid Doping of the Emeraldine Form to the Metallic Regime,” Synth. Met., 13, 193 (1986).

MacDiarmid, A.G.; Chiang, J.-C.; Richter, A.F.; Epstein, A.J., ”Polyaniline: A New Concept in Conducting Polymers,” Synth. Met., 18, 285 (1987).

MacDiarmid, A.G., Yang, L.S., Huang, W.-S., and Humphrey, B.D., ”Polyaniline: Electrochemistry and Application to Rechargeable Batteries”. Synth. Met., 18, 393 (1987).

Kaner, R.B.; MacDiarmid, A.G., ”Plastics That Conduct Electricity,” Scientific American, 106 (February 1988).

MacDiarmid, A.G.; Epstein, A.J., ” ’Synthetic Metals’: A Novel Role for Organic Polymers,” Macromol. Chem., 51, 11 (1991).

MacDiarmid, A.G.; Epstein, A.J., ”Science and Technology of Conducting Polymers,” in Frontiers of Polymer Research, P.N. Prasad and J.K. Nigam, Eds., Plenum Press, New York, 1991, p. 259.

Wang, Z.H.; Li, C.; Scherr, E.M.; MacDiarmid, A.G.; Epstein, A.J., ”Three Dimensionality of ’Metallic’ States in Conducting Polymers: Polyaniline,” Phys. Rev. Lett., 66, 1745 (1991).

MacDiarmid, A.J.; Epstein, A.J., ”The Concept of Secondary Doping as Applied to Polyaniline,” Synth. Met., 65, 103 (1994).

MacDiarmid, A.G., Zhou, Y., Feng, J., Furst, G.T., and Shedlow, A.M., ”Isomers and Isomerization Processes in Poly-Anilines,” Proc. ANTEC ’99, Soc. Plastics Engr., 2, 1563 (1999).

MacDiarmid, A.G., Norris, I.D., Jones, J.W.E., El-Sherif, M.A., Yuan, J., Han, B. and Ko, F.K., ”Polyaniline Based Chemical Transducers with Sub-micron Dimensions,” Polymeric Mat. Sci. & Eng., 83, 544 (2000).

Norris, I.D., Shaker, M.M., Ko, F.K., and MacDiarmid, A.G., ”Electrostatic Fabrication of Ultrafine Conducting Fibers: Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Blends,” Synth. Met., 114, 2 (2000).

MacDiarmid, A.G., Jones, J.W.E., Norris, I.D., Gao, J., Johnson, J.A.T., Pinto, N.J., Hone, J., Han, B., Ko, F.K., Okuzaki, H., and Llaguno, M., ”Electrostatically-Generated Nanofibers of Electronic Polymers,” Synth. Met., 119, 27-30 (2001).

Shimano, J.Y., and MacDiarmid, A.G., ”Phase Segregation in Polyaniline: A Dynamic Block Copolymer,” Synth. Met., 119, 365-366 (2001).

Wang, P.C., and MacDiarmid, A.G., ”Dependency of Properties of In Situ Deposited Polypyrrole Films on Dopant Anion and Substrate Surface,” Synth. Met., 119, 267-268 (2001).

Hohnholz, D., and MacDiarmid, A.G., ”Line Patterning of Conducting Polymers: New Horizons for Inexpensive, Disposable Electronic Devices,” Synth. Met., 121, 1327-1328 (2001).

Premvardhan, L., Peteanu, L.A., Wang, P.-C., and MacDiarmid, A.G., ”Electronic Properties of the Conducting Form of Polyaniline from Electroabsorption Measurements,” Synth. Met., 116, 157-161 (2001).

MacDiarmid, A.G. “Twenty-five Years of Conducting Polymers”. Chem. Comm., 1-4 (2003).
Tanner, D.B.; Doll, G.L.; Rao, A.M.; Eklund, P.C.; Arbuckle, G.A.; MacDiarmid, A.G. “Optical properties of potassium-doped polyacetylene”. Synth. Met., 141, 75-79 (2004).

Hohnholz, D.; Okuzaki,H.; MacDiarmid, A.G. “Plastic electronic devices through line patterning of conducting polymers”. Adv. Funct. Mater., 15, 51-56 (2005).

Venancio, E.C; Wang, P-C.; MacDiarmid, A.G. “The Azanes: A Class of Material Incorporating Nano/Micro Self-Assembled Hollow Spheres Obtained By Aqueous Oxidative Polymerization of Aniline”. Synth. Met., 156, 357 (2006).

MacDiarmid, A.G.; Venancio, E.C. “Agrienergy (Agriculture/Energy): What Does the Future Hold?”. Experimental Biology and Medicine., 231, 1212 (2006).

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