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Alan G. MacDiarmid - Hall of Fame Entry
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Added: 05/04/2008
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Alan G. MacDiarmid - Hall of Fame Entry


Alan G. MacDiarmid  

April 14, 1927  

February 7, 2007  

Induction: May, 2008  

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Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid (1927-2007) was born in New Zealand and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Victoria University College in New Zealand and he received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and a second PhD from Cambridge University, England. Dr. MacDiarmid came to be known as the "Father of Conductive Polymers."

He was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of conductive polymers or plastics that conduct electricity like metals, more commonly known as "synthetic" metals. Dr. MacDiarmid was the chemist responsible in 1977 for the chemical and electrochemical doping of polyacetylene (CH)x, the "prototype" conducting polymer and the "rediscovery" of polyaniline, now the foremost conducting polymer. This work led to technological opportunities for the applications of these materials in such diverse areas as rechargeable batteries, electromagnetic interference shielding, antistatic dissipation, stealth applications, corrosion inhibition, flexible "plastic" transistors and electrodes and electroluminescent polymer displays, to name but a few applications that continue to be pursued.

• 1971 Frederich Stanley Kipping Award from the American Chemical Society
• 1988 Named Blanchard Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
• 1999 American Chemical Society Award in Materials Chemistry
• 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Discovery of Conductive Polymers
• 2001 Society of Plastics Engineers' International Award
• 2002 Professor of Chemistry and James Von Her Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology, University of Texas, Dallas

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