Novel organic and polymeric semiconductors for plastic electronics

Zhenan Bao, Ananth Dodabalapur, Hendrik Schon, John Rogers, Howard Katz, Andrew Lovinger, Christian Kloc, Bertram Batlogg, Brian Crone, Kirk Baldwin, Valerie Kuck, V. Reddy Raju, Pierre Wiltzius, Elsa Reichmanis, Ed Chandross, Karl Amundson, Jay Ewing, Paul Drzaic

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Recent research on organic and polymeric semiconductors is directed towards highly ordered molecular structures in solid states. Through molecular design and engineering, it has been shown possible to control the molecular orientation and processing conditions of these materials as well as fine tuning their energy levels and color emissions. Thin film field-effect transistors (FETs) have been used as testing structures for evaluating the semiconducting properties of new organic semiconducting materials. Performance similar to amorphous-Si can now be realized with some organic materials. Large-scale integration of organic transistors has been demonstrated. In addition, several low cost novel non-lithographic patterning methods have been developed, which resulted in the first flexible electronic paper. The field-effect transistor device structure can also be utilized as a means to induce a great amount of charge carriers in organic thin films through the gate field. Using this type of structure, superconductivity was observed in a highly ordered conjugated regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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