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Organic Electronics

SRI has a history of innovation in organic electronics and supporting technologies. We offer experience in practical applications and settings, including:

  • Biomedical/chemical: sensors and sensor arrays, sample collection, microfluidic capture surfaces, microdispensing, total analytical systems, sensing systems, and microneedle arrays
  • Consumer electronics: flat-panel displays and printers, including active-matrix organic light-emitting polymer (OLED) displays and organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs)
  • Vacuum technology: electron and ion sources, microwave tubes, vacuum gauges, surface physics, and electron optics

SRI develops new materials to meet new device requirements, integrates new materials into systems, and characterizes, tests, and measures new systems. Recent innovations include:

  • Novel display technology, including organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs), the first OTFT active-matrix liquid-crystal display, and the first active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays with self-compensating pixels
  • Active-matrix OLED displays on plastic substrates
  • Inkjet printing of electronic circuits with conductive inks
  • Computational materials modeling
  • MEMS platforms for electronic sensing
  • Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPS)
  • Electrochromics

SRI scientists and engineers work together to solve materials-related issues. Interdisciplinary teams enable us to gain a unique understanding of how molecular structure relates to physical properties and facilitate the formation of innovative solutions. For example, targeting blue and white emissions from light-emitting polymers, our synthetic chemists worked with our device engineers to develop several new materials. We also collaborate in the synthesis and fabrication of organic monomer- and polymer-based electrochromic devices.

To fill the need for new organic electronic materials, our chemists apply their synthetic and formulation experience with poly(phenylene vinylene)-, polythiophene-, polypyrrole, and viologen-based systems. We can also provide expertise in the development of ceramics, composites, encapsulants, and sealants.

Facilities include labs for materials synthesis, materials characterization, and optical and infrared measurements. Staff have expertise in optics, electrical engineering, physics, materials science, and chemistry.