Sci. Adv. Today 2 (2016) 25251  
  Review Article  
   
   
         
Conducting polymeric materials for sensing  
  Joseph J. BelBruno  
     
Dartmouth College, Department of Chemistry, Hanover, NH 03755 USA and FreshAIr Sensor, LLC, 16 Cavendish Ct., Lebanon, NH 03766 USA
   
  Abstract  
  Conducting polymers and conducting polymer composites have widespread applications as the active components of sensitive and specific sensors for drugs, toxins and pollutants. This class of sensors includes intrinsically conductive materials, for example, polyaniline and polythiophene as well as composite materials made of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes or titanium dioxide blended with conductive polymeric additives. This review will focus on recent developments and applications of such materials to sensing after briefly presenting the principles for representatives in each class. A range of both “standard” and novel applications is presented, as are current reports using simulations and molecular dynamics. Consideration is also given to the current stage of development of the ultimate sensing apparatus utilizing conductive polymers, the electronic nose.  
     
   
  Cite this article as:  
  Joseph J. BelBruno, Conducting polymeric materials for sensing, Sci. Adv. Today 2 (2016) 25251.