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EPSRC Reference: GR/S02303/02
Title: High Mobility Organic Semiconductors
Principal Investigator: Turner, Professor ML
Other Investigators:
Jones, Professor R Grell, Dr M Spivey, Professor A
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 2004 Ends: 31 December 2005 Value (£): 186,427
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Electronic Devices & Subsys. Materials Processing
Materials Synthesis & Growth Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Electronics
Related Grants:
GR/S02280/01 GR/S02297/01
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The development of organic electronic circuits is now being addressed by a number of multinational companies (Philips, Siemens, Lucent Technologies, Avecia and others) and small R&D-based venture capital companies (e.g. Plastic Logic). To date these efforts have resulted in higher integration density in all-plastic integrated circuits and the development of new processing techniques, such as inkjet printing, for organic circuits. However, there is considerable room for improvement in the materials development and the processing of materials for use in organic electronics. In particular much more understanding is needed of how the degree of molecular order, and thus electronic properties such as carrier mobility, can be optimised by understanding the influence of processing. Furthermore, as it is the mobility within the interfacial layer in contact with the gate insulator that is crucial in limiting the performance of practical devices it is imperative to understand how surface and interface effects may be exploited to control the order at an interface as well as in bulk. To achieve this understanding it is essential that chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers in both universities and industry work side-by-side in close collaboration with a rapid feedback of results from a device testing programme to drive the iterative improvement of semiconducting materials properties and their processing. The consortia spearheading this proposal brings together such a critical mass of researchers from Avecia and the Universities of Sheffield, Cardiff and Manchester whose complementary expertise and proven record of achievement in the area will facilitate dramatic progress in the fabrication of organic semiconductor devices requiring high carrier mobilities.
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