"ORGANIC ELECTRONICS : principles, devices and applications"
The discovery of semiconducting properties in organic (carbon-based) compounds
has recently promoted the development of a new branch of optoelectronics, also
known as "plastic electronics", that is gaining momentum in applications such
as those involving large areas, where inorganic (silicon or III-V compounds)
electronics, more dedicated to miniaturization, is (still) hardly competitive.
Organic semiconductors are not only a subject of advanced research worldwide
but have already shown to offer interesting opportunities in the realization of
new products of high innovative content.
These new materials are indeed the heart of transitors, of light sources (LEDs,
based on their electroluminescent properties), of light harvesting devices such
as photovoltaic cells and photodetectors, of memories, diodes and sensors.
These devices profit from the optoelectronic properties of organic
semiconductors, that can be chemically tailored, and exploit their mechanical
flexibility as thin films in the solid state, their solubility, their
processability at almost room temperature and therefore on virtually all
substrates, their compatibility with large area coverage when deposited by
means of scalable “printing ” techniques.
All these features offer a stimulating environment for addressing new
applications, mostly still unexplored.
at providing the scientific and technological background of this emerging field
of optoelectronics and to present the state of the art concerning both the
research findings and the industrial realizations. In particular, the course
will illustrate the physical, chemical and electronic properties of the organic
semiconductors, the working principle of the most important devices and the
most promising technologies for their fabrication (as those derived from
graphical arts such as ink-jet printing, spray coating, flexography and
others), finally describing a large variety of applications.
The course is specifically addressed to:
At the end of the course, an attendance certificate will be provided. PhD students may undergo, if desired, an examination to certify the acquisition of the fundamental aspects of the course and to collect the corresponding credits.