New “Highlight” published: “The power of branched chains: optimising functional molecular materials”

Posted: September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

This article, which was written in collaboration Takashi Nakanishi, NIMS, Japan, recently appeared in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. In it, we highlight the strategy of using branched alkyl, rather than linear n-alkyl chains to control the assembly properties of organic molecules that have applications in organic electronics. We generally find that branched chains soften the organic material to a greater extent (than linear chains), permitting larger assemblies to form through modulated nucleation and growth steps. This leads to improved optoelectronic properties. In a second section, we focus on recent work that has identified organic functional liquids and explored their potential. We discuss their use both in OLEDs and also as fluorescent paints. The reviewers were particularly supportive of this work, complementing us on its clarity, quality of writing and the importance of the chosen examples. We hope other readers will find it equally useful.

Please click on the image below to go to the article at RSC publishing

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