Our research explores new frontiers of organic electronics and deals with
- the use of organic electronic materials at the interface with biology,
- the exploration of mixed ionic/electronic transport in organics,
- the exploration of the potential of carbon nanotubes as electrodes in organic electronic devices and
- patterning of organic electronics materials.
The goal of organic electronics, which uses thin films or single crystals of organic π-conjugated materials as semiconductors, is to enable technologies for large-area, mechanically flexible and low-cost electronics. Intense research and development in organic electronics started in the 90s, with the first demonstrations of light emitting diodes, transistors and solar cells based on organic semiconductors. Nowadays organic electronic devices are becoming ubiquitous in our society. Displays based on organic light emitting diodes are found in televisions, mobile phones, car stereos and portable media players. Other devices, such as electrophoretic displays for electronic book readers and organic transistors for radio frequency identification tags, are expected to enter the market in the near future. The main advantages of organic semiconductors are ease of processing, electronic properties that can be tuned by chemical synthesis, and compatibility with mechanically flexible substrates.