Molecular design and ordering effects in π-functional materials for transistor and solar cell applications

Pierre Beaujuge, Jean Frechet

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Organic electronics are broadly anticipated to impact the development of flexible thin-film device technologies. Among these, solution-processable π-conjugated polymers and small molecules are proving particularly promising in field-effect transistors and bulk heterojunction solar cells. This Perspective analyzes some of the most exciting strategies recently suggested in the design and structural organization of π-functional materials for transistor and solar cell applications. Emphasis is placed on the interplay between molecular structure, self-assembling properties, nanoscale and mesoscale ordering, and device efficiency parameters. A critical look at the various approaches used to optimize both materials and device performance is provided to assist in the identification of new directions and further advances. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20009-20029
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 21 2011

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge the financial support of the "Plastics Electronics" program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No, DE-AC02-05CH11231. Additional support under the CAMP-KAUST program funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is also acknowledged with thanks. The authors thank Dr. Claire Woo for helpful discussions and useful scientific insight.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis


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