Available from 22 September 2015.
Polymeric materials, or plastics, usually do not conduct electricity, so they can be used to insulate electrical circuits, etc. We are generally familiar with polymers like PET, which are used to make plastic bottles and other things because they are flexible, easy to mould, and inexpensive. But at this chemistry lab class, we examine a special kind of plastics, called "conducting polymers", which do conduct electricity while still retaining their plastic properties. Their discovery was so revolutionary that it won the discoverers the 2000 Nobel Prize.
Conducting polymers make it possible to design electronic circuits that operate more quickly and consume considerably less energy. During the class, students will synthesize one of these compounds and test experimentally how it works. They will also assemble an OLED (organic light emitting diode), like those currently being used in smartphones and televisions, which also works thanks to conducting polymers.
The classes are conducted only in Polish.