Getting a Charge Out of Plastics

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Science  20 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5491, pp. 425-427
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5491.425

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This year's Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to a trio of researchers--Alan Heeger of the University of California, Santa Barbara; Alan MacDiarmid of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; and Hideki Shirakawa of the University of Tsukuba in Japan--for discovering that plastics can be made electrically conductive. The discovery paved the way for revolutionary applications such as full-color displays for cellular phones and plastic electronics for computerized merchandise.