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October 24th, 2008

New spin on electronics production

Abstract:
Chemists have taken a significant step closer to the goal of cheap, flexible and printable organic electronic displays, an idea they claim could revolutionise the electronics industry.

A Japanese team, led by Tetsuo Okujima and Noboru Ono at Ehime University, Matsuyama, synthesised thin films of phthalocyanine (Pc) and the related compound, naphthalocyanine (Nc), without using costly ultra-high vacuum techniques.

Pc and Nc are insoluble so Ono and Okujima added functional groups to the molecules to improve solubility. They then dissolved the molecules in an organic solvent and spun the solution rapidly on glass plate, evaporating the solvent and forming a thin film of the molecules on the glass. When they heated the films, a retro Diels-Alder reaction released the volatile solubility-imparting groups. The final films were totally insoluble and acted as semiconductors.

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