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Molecular/Organic Electronics

Electronic devices based on molecular level have tremendous potential in consumer devices. Research in this area promises to grow into a significant effort in the years ahead. The UW has a strong lead in this category through the research of Sam Jenekhe, who holds a joint appoint with Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.

  • Sam Jenekhe: Organic electronics, Self-assembly and nanotechnology, Polymer science

Sam Jenekhe’s work in molecular electronics encompasses: (1) organic electronics and optoelectronics, including thin film transistors, solar cells, and LEDs; (2) self-assembly and nanotechnology, including block copolymers, nano-wires, and multicomponent self-assembly; and (3) polymer science, including synthesis, processing, properties, and photonic applications. This work focuses on elucidation of the structural origins of electronic and photonic properties of polymers and improved efficiencies of photophysical and charge transport processes. Applications include imaging, photodetectors, batteries, sensors, electrochromic devices, solar cells and light emitting diodes for flat panel displays. With respect to the LEDs for flat panel displays, Jenekhe’s group pioneers the development of organic LEDs (OLEDs), a technology, soon to be commercialized, that will revolutionize flat panel displays.