nanoHUB-U Organic Electronic Devices: Scientific Overview

By Bryan W. Boudouris

Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Organic Electronic Devices is a five week course that explores  electronic materials that are defined broadly as carbon-based materials that are capable of transporting charge both in liquid-supported systems and in the solid state.  Traditionally, two classes of organic electronic materials have emerged: 1) small molecules and 2) polymers. Each class has its own set of positive aspects, drawbacks, processing conditions, and the ultimate cost-effectiveness.  Many of the fundamental transport physics between the two classes of materials remain the same, although some distinctions do exist.

In this course, we will draw on the similarity and distinctions of these two classes. Furthermore, we will evaluate how these materials can be implemented successfully in established (e.g., organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs), organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices) and emerging (e.g., thermoelectric (TE) generators) organic electronic modules. We aim to train the student to develop the ability to tie molecular transport phenomena with macroscopic device response such that they are well-prepared to analyze, troubleshoot, and design the next generation of organic electronic materials and devices.

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Bryan Boudouris earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Before joining

 the faculty at Purdue, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.  

His research interests include design of optoelectronically active polymers, functional block copolymer self-assembly, polymer-based electronics and solar cells.

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This course is the latest in a series offered by the nanoHUB-U project which is jointly funded by Purdue and NSF with the goal of transcending disciplines through short courses accessible to students in any branch of science or engineering. These courses focus on cutting-edge topics distilled into short lectures with quizzes and practice exams.

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