—Electrodes By Solution Processing “Electronics: Polymer coating simplifies organic thin-film technology” A simple polymer-based coating process can reduce the cost and complexity of fabricating organic optoelectronic devices, according to a study published in Science by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (DOI: 10.1126/science.1218829). The finding may broaden the use of solar cells, electronic display technologies, and other applications of organic thin films, which offer key advantages over conventional semiconductor-based devices. Compared with silicon- and other inorganic semiconductor-based electronics, devices constructed from thin films of organic semiconductors could be more flexible, irregularly shaped, lighter in weight, and less expensive. Some products of this type, for example, organic solar cells, are produced today in limited quantities via roll-to-roll manufacturing and solution-phase processing. However, organic electronic devices tend to remain expensive because some of the manufacturing steps require vacuum processing to control reactions of air-sensitive materials.
by Mitch Jacoby |
April 23, 2012