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Plastic electronics is a concept that emerged forty years ago, with the discovery of electrically conductive polymers. Ten years later, the first electronic devices using organic solids in place of the ubiquitous inorganic semiconductors were realised. The best achievement of plastic electronics is constituted by Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) that equip the display of many smartphones, and even TV sets. The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the physics of plastic electronic devices. After taking this course, the student should be able to demonstrate theoretical knowledge on the following subjects: Concept of organic semiconductors; Charge carrier transport in polymeric and organic semiconductors; Optical properties of organic semiconductors; Charge injection from metals to organic solids; Operating mode of the main plastic electronic devices: Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs)....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1 hour to complete

Introduction to plastic electronics

This first module is an introduction to the concept of semiconductor, which is the primary consituent of all electronic decives. We also show how some organic compounds can behave as semiconductors....
Reading
2 videos (Total 24 min), 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Organic semiconductors10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Metals and semiconductors4m
Organic semiconductors4m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Charge carrier transport in organic semiconductors

Electronic devives work through an electrical current generated by applying an electrical voltage. The process is controlled by charge carrier transport, descibed in this module....
Reading
3 videos (Total 26 min), 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Localisation via polarisation8m
Localisation by disorder9m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Conductivity of metals2m
Localised charge carrier transport4m

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21 minutes to complete

Optical properties of organic semiconductors

Beside electrical properties, electronic devices also involve optical aspects, for example in light-emitting diodes and photovoltaic cells. This modulel describes the interactions of light with organic semiconductors. ...
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2 videos (Total 21 min)

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1 hour to complete

Interfaces in plastic electronic devices

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Reading
3 videos (Total 29 min), 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Charge carrier injection9m
More on the current-voltage curve6m
Quiz1 practice exercise
n-type and p-type organic semiconductors14m

Instructor

Gilles Horowitz

Emeritus Research Fellow
Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces (LPICM)

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