nanoHUB-U: Physics of Electronic Polymers
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Polymer-based electronic devices are emerging in next-generation applications that range from advanced display designs to real-time biomedical monitoring. After ~30 years since the first report of a complete organic electronic device (i.e., the organic light-emitting diode), the polymer electronics community has reached a point where the fundamental knowledge of these unique semiconductors has allowed their utilization in key flexible and stretchable electronic applications that have been, or soon will be, commercialized.
In this course, you will gain an understanding of the basic principles and physics of these materials -- which operate in a manner that is distinctly different than traditional (e.g., silicon-based) semiconductors -- and quickly come up to speed in a paradigm-altering field.
In particular, this course will focus on the nanoscale phenomena regarding the physics of semiconducting polymers. This includes how molecular architecture impacts nanoscale structure (e.g., crystalline texture), optical properties, and electronic properties. You will learn to design new materials, consider structure/processing windows, and develop fundamental concepts regarding the physics of charged species in polymer electronics through participation in this course.
What You will Learn
- Design of semiconducting polymers
- How macromolecular design impacts nanostructure
- Common structure-property relationships of semiconducting polymers
- 2 semesters of undergraduate chemistry
- 2 semesters of undergraduate physics
- 1 semester of undergraduate calculus
Unit 1: Introduction to Polymer Physics
Unit 2: Thermodynamics and Crystallinity in Macromolecules
Unit 3: Nanoscale Structure in Functional Polymers
Unit 4: Controlling Charge Flow through Polymer Nanostructure
Unit 5: Device Application of Polymer Semiconductors
- A free nanoHUB.org account is required to access some course components.
- Online quizzes to quickly assess understanding of material after most video lectures.
- An online forum, hosted by nanoHUB. Students enrolled in the course will be able to interact with one another.
Physics of Electronic Polymers first published on edX, May 2017 and nanoHUB-U, August 2017.
This self-paced course is available at no cost.
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