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June 26th, 2007
Advances in organic semiconductor processing
Any machinist will tell you that a little grease goes a long way toward making a tool work better. And that may soon hold true for plastic electronics as well.
Carnegie Mellon University chemists have found that grease can make some innovative plastics vastly better electrical conductors. This discovery, published June 25 in Advanced Materials ("High Field-Effect Mobilities for Diblock Copolymers of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) and Poly(methyl acrylate"), outlines a chemical process that could become widely adopted to produce the next generation of tiny switches for transistors in radio frequency identification tags, flexible screen displays, and debit or key cards.
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