Volume 94 Issue 23 | p. 10 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 6, 2016

Decked-out thiophene adds versatility to semiconducting polymers

New electron-accepting fused-ring system serves as building block for materials that could diversify organic-based electronics
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: polymers, conducting polymer, thiophene, bisimide, organic electronics

Semiconducting polymers used for making light-emitting diodes, solar cells, and transistors have come a long way since the materials were first commercially developed in the 1980s. One of the important advances has been taking the original monomers such as thiophene and designing derivatives that allow researchers to better control polymer electronic properties, thus leading to improved device performance. In the latest example, Itaru Osaka of RIKEN’s Center for Emergent Matter Science . . .

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