Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Alan G. MacDiarmid , Ph.D.


Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2000
James Von Ehr Chair of Science and Technology
Professor of Chemistry and Physics
Materials; Conductive polymers


B.S., University of New Zealand (1948)
M.S., University of New Zealand (1950)
M.S., University of Wisconsin (1952)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (1953)
Ph.D., Cambridge University, England (1955)


NanoTech Institute

Research Description

Co-author of over 600 papers and approximately 25 issued patents in the field of silicon hydrides; silicon-transition metal carbonyls; organosilicon monomers and polymers; fluorine compounds of silicon, sulfur and phosphorus; silicon adducts with bypyridyl radical anions; sulfur-nitrogen chemistry; and the synthesis, chemical and electrochemical doping, chemistry, conductivity, magnetic and optical properties, processing and structure of the conducting polymers, poly(sulfur nitride), polyacetylene and polyaniline, nanoscience of electronic polymers and hydrogen storage in electronic polymers.

Selected Publications

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

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. (2004) 141: 75-79.

MacDiarmid, A.G. “Twenty-five Years of Conducting Polymers”, Focus Article. Chem. Comm. (2003) 1-4.

  • Updated: February 7, 2007