New Polymers Used For Organic Electronics Applications

New promising discovery for improved polymers

10:26 AM, 8th April 2013
University of Toronto Polymer Chemistry Research
Tim Bender, Professor, University of Toronto.

ONTARIO, CANADA: The accidental discovery by Tim Bender, Professor, University of Toronto and Benoit Lessard, Post-Doctoral Fellow of an unexpected side product of polymer synthesis could have implications for the manufacture of commercial polymers used in sealants, adhesives, toys and even medical implants.

“People in polymer synthesis would be very interested in the process described in our paper, as we document the discovery of a side-product. This side-product is quite unexpected based on our current knowledge of polymer chemistry,” said Bender.

Bender and Lessard describe a synthesis of Boron subphthalocyanines (BsubPcs) containing polymers that can be used in organic electronic devices. What makes the article significant is that it also describes their discovery of a new side product of a common polymer synthesis technique, which would not have been observed without the addition of the BsubPc to this standard polymer.

“Currently BsubPc polymers do not have any commercial applications. However, by studying their properties and finding new and inexpensive ways to synthesize them, we are able to open the door for potential applications in the field of organic electronics,” said Lessard.

According to Bender and Lessard, commercial polymers may also contain this particular side product. If the side product can be reduced or eliminated, more of the polymer could be produced with more consistent quality.

Bender and Lessard are also investigating the optical and electrical properties of BsubPc polymers for possible use in organic electronic devices, such as organic field-effect transistors, organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics. Applying polymers in organic electronics may lead to more flexibility, lighter weight and lower manufacturing costs.

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