Semiconducting and Metallic Polymers

Hardcover | August 22, 2010

byAlan J. Heeger, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Ebinazar B. Namdas

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Conducting and semiconducting (conjugated) polymers have a unique set of properties, combining the electronic properties of metals and semiconductors with the processing advantages and mechanical properties of polymers. Now, thirty-five years after their discovery, metallic conducting polymershave been demonstrated in the laboratory to have electrical conductivities approaching that of copper, and mechanical strengths exceeding that of steel, a remarkable achievement. A wide variety of electrical and optical devices have been demonstrated using semiconducting polymers. Light-emitting devices have been made which are as bright as fluorescent lamps at applied voltages of only a few volts; photovoltaic solar energy conversion using conjugated polymer composites isin industrial production; conjugated polymer transistors, circuits and chips have been demonstrated. Indeed, semiconducting and metallic polymers can be thought of as electronic 'inks'. The advances in printing technology (ink-jet printing, off-set printing, etc) combined with the science andtechnology of conducting polymers will revolutionize the way in which electronic devices are manufactured. In addition, semiconducting and metallic polymers can be used in applications which require special mechanical properties such as flexibility. The field of semiconducting and conducting polymers has become one of the most attractive areas of interdisciplinary materials science and technology. Ranging from physics, chemistry, electrical and electronic engineering to the optical sciences, this field covers a wide range of competences andinterdisciplinary knowledge.

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Conducting and semiconducting (conjugated) polymers have a unique set of properties, combining the electronic properties of metals and semiconductors with the processing advantages and mechanical properties of polymers. Now, thirty-five years after their discovery, metallic conducting polymershave been demonstrated in the laboratory to...

Alan J. Heeger won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of conductive polymers. He began his research career at the Universoty of Pennsylvania, and has been a Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, since 1982. Since 1988 he has also been Adjunct Professor of Physics, The University of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:August 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Electronic Structure of p-conjugated polymer chains2. Doping of Conducting Polymers3. Novel Properties Generate New Opportunities4. Disorder Induced Metal-Insulator (M-I) Transition in Conducting Polymers5. Metallic State of Conducting Polymers6. Nonlinear Excitations in Conjugated Polymers: Solitons, Polarons and Bipolarons7. Solitons, polarons and bipolarons: Experimental results8. Conjugated Polymers as Semiconductors9. Polymer Based Light Emitting Diodes (PLEDs) and Displays Fabricated from Arrays of PLEDs10. Light Emitting Electrochemical Cells (LEC)11. Semiconducting Polymers as Laser Materials12. Photoinduced Electron Transfer from Semiconducting Polymers to Acceptors13. Photodiodes and Photovoltaic Solar Cells14. Polymer Field Effect Transistors (FETs)

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"Semiconducting and Metallic Polymers is an elegant introduction to the electronic properties of conducting (and semiconducting) polymers. The first half of the book provides a comprehensive, but straightforward, introduction to the optical and conduction properties of most commonly usedpolymers. The authors always discuss things with an eye to potential and current applications and the second half of the book is dedicated to the use of polymers in semiconducting device applications. This covers the now technologically very important areas of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes),photodetectors and photovoltaic cells and field effect transistors." --Robin Nicholas, Oxford University