Valence effective Hamiltonian technique for nitrogen containing polymers: Electronic structure of polypyrrole, pyrolized polyacrylonitrile, paracyanogen, polymethineimine, and derivatives

Jean-Luc Bredas*, B. Thémans, J. M. André

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We present the parametrization of nitrogen for use in the valence effective Hamiltonian (VEH) technique. We describe five different parametrization schemes and discuss the quality of the results each of them affords. The VEH method is then applied to the study of the electronic structure of nitrogen containing polymers of interest with regard to the conducting polymers area. These polymers include polypyrrole, poly-β-dimethylpyrrole, poly-N-methylpyrrole, pyrolized polyacrylonitrile, paracyanogen (polypyrazinopyrazine), and polymethineimine [CH=N]x. Parameters related to the conductivity properties upon doping such as ionization potentials, bandgaps, and bandwidths, are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6137-6148
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of chemical physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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