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A Short History of the PEDOT Invention

Soon after the discovery of conducting polyacetylene attempts to utilize these exciting new compounds in technical applications started.1-3 Bayer’s Central Research Department also initially focused on polyacetylenes beginning as early as 1980.4,5 Several promising attempts to stabilize polyacetylene in its highly doped form and to achieve processability ultimately failed.6 As a result, Bayer rather promptly decided to abandon this research direction. Attempts to utilize polyacetylene in polarizers several years later failed commercially.