Self-Assembling Efficient Organic Electronics

April 26, 2005 - 12:00pm
Bldg. 90

In the last decade, the use of self-assembling block copolymers to nanopattern substrates and template synthesis has made incredible gains as a primary step towards the fabrication of nanodevices. Many studies have demonstrated a sophisticated level of control over the self-assembling, coil-type polymer systems to produce long range order.  The knowledge now exists to begin to pattern polymers with a much higher degree of complexity and inherent functionality. It is apparent, for instance, that the mesostructure of conductive polymers impacts their luminescence and photovoltaic efficiency.  For instance, block copolymers made from electron donating and electron accepting blocks are interesting for applications in photovoltaics where self assembly on the size scale of an exciton diffusion length (~10nm) is advantageous.  Continuous, nanometer-scale interpenetrating phases of electron donor and acceptor components would permit exciton dissociation to occur throughout the active layer and allow all separated charges to be easily transported to the proper electrode.   In this talk, I will discuss the materials concepts necessary for the production of efficient organic optoelectronic-device structures, the synthesis of donor-acceptor block copolymers, and the aggregation and device performance of these materials.  The potential of semiconducting block copolymers lies in the promise of a self-assembled active layer which is optimized to promote exciton dissociation and can be made into large area, mechanically flexible, inexpensive devices.

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