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Organic semiconductors -- materials for next-generation printable and wearable electronics

World Scientific


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Organic carbon-based materials are increasingly exploited as active elements in electronic devices. A major example, representing a multi-billion dollar industry already, is the field of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays currently found in top-of-the-line smart phones and televisions -- apart from which many other areas are also application-targets for electrically and optically active organic materials.

In the WSPC Reference on Organic Electronics, world-renowned researchers share their basic understanding of the foundational concepts pertaining to the design, synthesis, and applications of conjugated organic materials. These materials are used as semiconductors in new generations of devices for printed, conformable, and wearable electronics, in the context of applications related to light-emitting diodes, solar cells, field-effect transistors, spintronics, actuation, bioelectronics, thermoelectrics, and nonlinear optics.

This two-volume set emphasizes on both the fundamental chemistry and physics concepts underlying the field of organic semiconductors, and how these concepts drive a broad range of applications; making the volumes ideal introductory textbooks in the subject.

"When planning this book, our goal was to provide an introduction to the field of organic electronics and photonics to early career scientists and engineers, and at the same time include chapters with sufficient depth and rigor to make the two volumes useful for more senior researchers," said co-editors Seth Marder and Jean-Luc Bredas, "Thus, we carefully selected a cast of authors, not only recognized for their seminal research contributions to the field, but also known to be excellent teachers as well."

The WSPC Reference on Organic Electronics offers great value to both junior and senior scientists working in areas ranging from organic chemistry to condensed matter physics and materials science and engineering.

"I was hoping for a long time that a comprehensive book on Organic Semiconductors that emphasizes their applications would be published for the benefit of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and junior scientists. This two-volume series is that book", comments Valy Vardeny, lead author of the chapter on spintronics.

John Reynolds, lead author of the chapter on conducting polymers, adds: "The field of conjugated materials for organic electronic applications has developed to the point that students and new researchers to the area have to be brought up to speed on the many necessary fundamental concepts that must be grasped. As a teaching and learning tool, this set of books brings just what the uninitiated, and those wanting to broaden their horizons, need."

Over twenty of the world leaders in the field of organic electronics and their co-workers, coming from top institutions in the US, Asia, Europe, and Australia, have contributed to this two-volume set.


WSPC Reference on Organic Electronics (in 2 volumes) retails at introductory offer of US$495 / £411, and is available through the publisher, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other book stores, libraries, and technical reference suppliers. The introductory offer is valid until Oct 31, 2016. To know more about the book visit

Dr. Jean-Luc Bredas received his BSc (1976) and PhD (1979) degrees from the University of Namur, Belgium. In 1988, he was appointed Professor at the University of Mons, Belgium, where he established the Laboratory for Chemistry of Novel Materials. While keeping an "Extraordinary Professorship" appointment in Mons, he joined the University of Arizona in 1999 before moving in 2003 to the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, he is Regents' Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and holds the Vasser-Woolley and Georgia Research Alliance Chair in Molecular Design. Between 2014 and 2016, he joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Rawabi Holding Research Chair in Solar Energy Science and Engineering. In January 2017, he will resume his appointment at Georgia Tech.

Jean-Luc Bredas is a Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, the Royal Academy of Belgium, and the European Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of the 1997 Francqui Prize, the 2000 Quinquennial Prize of the Belgian National Science Foundation, the 2001 Italgas Prize, the 2003 Descartes Prize of the European Union, the 2010 Charles H. Stone Award of the American Chemical Society, the 2013 David Adler Award in Materials Physics of the American Physical Society, and the 2016 Award in the Chemistry of Materials of the American Chemical Society. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Materials Research Society, and an Honorary Professor of the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has published over 1,000 refereed articles (that have garnered over 57,000 citations, leading to a current Web of Science h-index of 110) and given over 500 invited presentations. Since 2008, he has served as Editor for "Chemistry of Materials", published by the American Chemical Society. The research interests of his group focus on the computational characterization and design of novel organic materials of relevance for organic electronics and photonics applications.

Dr Seth R Marder is a Regents' Professor and the Georgia Power Chair of Energy Efficiency in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (courtesy) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Marder obtained his PhD (1985) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Chemistry, completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, and was a National Research Council Resident Research Associate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He was a founding director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics and is currently the Co-Director of the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Georgia Tech. He is a recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Arthur C Cope Scholar Award and Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), American Physical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Materials Research Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on various Editorial Boards for scientific publications including Science, Chemical Communications, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Advanced Functional Materials, and most recently as the Founding Chair of the Editorial Board for the Royal Society of Chemistry's new flagship materials journal, Materials Horizons. His research interests are in the development of materials for nonlinear optics, applications of organic dyes for photonic, display, electronic and medical applications, and organometallic chemistry.

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