Novel functionalised polymers will spur innovative applications in organic electronics
Over the last decade, polymeric thin films for organic electronics have been generating increasing interest. Conjugated polymers, organic macromolecules with a backbone chain of alternating single and double bonds, have a unique structure that can result in interesting optical and electronic properties. For these reasons, they are used in diverse applications including transistors, photovoltaic cells, light-emitting diodes, data storage, batteries and sensors. Unfortunately, many of such materials lack good processability. The EU-funded MP3 project is developing novel techniques for the synthesis of conjugated polymers and their use in ultra-thin film organic electronics. The developed methods will overcome many of the current limitations in fabrication, leading to diverse patterns and architectures as well as applications ranging from sensing and healthcare to electrode materials.