[ 479PMMSOHPV12 ] VL Organic semiconducting polymers

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3 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Chemistry Ayuk Mbi Egbe 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Polymer Technologies and Science (PTS) 2015W
Objectives The lecture provides an overview on organic semiconducting polymers. It describes the synthesis, properties and applications of the main classes of conjugated polymers as well as gives details on design principle for materials for solar cells applications. Detailed structure-property relationships are demonstrated based on Poly(phenylene-ethynylene)-alt-poly(phenylene-vinylene) systems
Subject 1. Introduction

2. Fundamentals
2.1 Electronic structure of organic semiconducting polymers
2.2 Doping in organic conjugated polymers
2.3 Chemical doping
2.4 Electrochemical doping
2.5 Photo-doping
2.6 Charge-injection doping
2.7 Non redox doping
2.8 Solitons, polarons and bipolarons in semiconducting polymers
2.9 Electrochemistry of conjugated polymers
2.9.1. Determination of electrochemical band gap energy
2.10 Spectroelectrochemistry of conjugated polymers
2.11 Photophysics of conjugated materials
2.11.1. Jablonski diagram
2.11.2. Absorption, excitation and emission spectra
2.11.3. Determination of optical band gap
2.11.4. Estimation of relative and absolute photoluminescence quantum\\ yields 2.12 Charge transport and conductivity in semiconducting polymers
2.13 Thermal behavior of conjugated polymers

3. Synthesis and characterization of conjugated polymers
3.1 Synthesis
3.2 Structural characterization by NMR, IR and UV-Vis
3.3 Molecular-weight estimation

4. Applications of conjugated polymers
4.1 Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) Working principle of OLED Definition of various parameters
4.2 Organic Solar Cells
4.2.1 Working principle of organic solar cells
4.2.2 Designing conjugated polymers for organic solar cells
4.3 Organic Field Effect Transistors
4.3.1 Working principle of OFET and types of OFETs
4.3.2 High mobility materials
4.4 Other applications

5. Synthesis and properties of selected conjugated polymers
5.1 Poly(phenylene-vinylene)s (PPV) and derivatives
5.2 Poly(phenylen-ethynylene)s (PPE) and derivatives
5.3 Polyarylenes
5.3.1 Poly(p-phenylene) and planarized derivatives
5.3.2 Polycarbazole and derivatives
5.3.3 Polythiophene and derivatives
5.4 Poly(p-phenylene-ethynylene)-alt-poly(p-phenylene-vinylene) hybrid polymers and derivatives
5.5 Polyazine und polyazomethine
5.6 Block-copolymers

6. Structure-Property relationships: PPE-PPV systems
6.1 Photophysics in solution
6.2 Photophysicsin thin films
6.3 Photophysics in bulk
6.4 Photoconductivity
6.5 electrochemical properties
6.6 Electroluminescent properties
6.7 Photovoltaic properties
Criteria for evaluation
  • Powerpoint presentations (these presentations are put at the disposal of students) combined with
    • writing on the board
    • interactive lecture
Language English
Study material 1. Semiconducting Polymers, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, 2nd Ed. Vols.1& 2, G. Hadziioannou and G.G. Malliaras, Eds; Wiley-VCH Verlag & Co.KGaA Weinheim 2007.

2. Organic Electronics, Materials, Manufacturing and Applications, H. Klauk, Ed.; Wiley-VCH Verlag & Co.KGaA, Weinheim 2006.

3. Semiconducting Polymers: Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, G. Hadziioannou and P.F. van Hutten, Wiley VHC

4. Arylene-ethynylene/arylene-vinylene copolymers : Synthesis and structure-property relationships, D. A. M. Egbe et al. Progress of Polymer Science 2009, 34, 1023-1067.

5. Rational Design of High Performance Conjugated Polymers for Organic Solar Cells, H. Zhou et al. Macromolecules 2012, 45, 607-632

6 Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers for Organic Solar Cell Applications, Y.-J. Cheng et al, Chem. Rev. 2009, 109, 5868–5923
Changing subject? No
Further information Lecture can be held in German, if wished by the students. An oral exam is possible at the end of the course.
Corresponding lecture 700PHCHOHPV11 or 479PMMSOHPV12: VL Organische Halbleiterpolymere (3 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants -
Assignment procedure Direct assignment