Special Issue "Synthetic Metals"
A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2016)
Dr. Bruno Schmaltz
Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux et des Electrolytes pour l'Energie (PCM2E), EA 6699, UFR Sciences et Techniques, Parc de Grandmont, 37200 TOURS, France
Interests: organic semiconductors; polymer synthesis; synthetic organic chemistry; molecular designing; electronic materials; hybrid solar cells; thermoelectricity; electrochromic material; supercapacitors
Dear Colleages, In present-day society, how could we live without our cellphone, tablet, or TV set? The discovery of doped polyacetylene in 1976, and the Nobel Prize awarded to A. Heeger, A. Mc Diarmid, and H. Shirakawa in 2000 showed the wide possibilities of the use of these semiconductors. These molecules or macromolecules, which have chemical structures of alternating single and double bonds, can be considered as synthetic metals. Their specific properties, such as charge carrier mobility or thermal or electrical conductivity, are now used in a wide range of applications. One of the most interesting families of applications is “plastic electronics”, which is the gathering together of new technologies dealing with light, flexible, and cheap electronics. Even if organic semiconductors, small molecules, or polymers, are already part of commercially available technologies, such as organic light emitting diodes, organic thin film transistors, or organic photovoltaic devices, there are still challenges that need to be faced. The development of these synthetic metals as active material, include their design, their synthesis, their deposition techniques, their nanoscale organization in order to fine-tune electronic, thermal, or mechanical properties, and their performances in devices. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide the most recent advances in the fundamental chemistry and the development of new organic semiconductors for “plastic electronic” applications. Papers and review articles dealing with organic pi-conjugated materials are invited for this Special Issue on “synthetic metals”. Dr. Bruno SchmaltzGuest Editor
organic semiconductors pi-conjugated materials electronic devices energy conversion energy storage charge transport morphology nanomaterials functional materials hybrid materials charge transfer nanocomposites