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Electronics 2014, 3(3), 444-461;

Bio-Organic Electronics—Overview and Prospects for the Future

Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam, Plasma Technology and COMEDD (FEP), Maria-Reiche-Str. 02, 01109 Dresden, Germany
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Received: 8 March 2014 / Revised: 10 June 2014 / Accepted: 7 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Organic Semiconductors)
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In recent years, both biodegradable and bio-based electronics have attracted increasing interest, but are also controversially discussed at the same time. Yet, it is not clear whether they will contribute to science and technology or whether they will disappear without major impact. The present review will address several aspects while showing the potential opportunities of bio-organic electronics. An overview about the complex terminology of this emerging field is given and test methods are presented which are used to evaluate the biodegradable properties. It will be shown that the majority of components of organic electronics can be substituted by biodegradable or bio-based materials. Moreover, application scenarios are presented where bio-organic materials have advantages compared to conventional ones. A variety of publications are highlighted which encompass typical organic devices like organic light emitting diodes, organic solar cells and organic thin film transistors as well as applications in the field of medicine or agriculture. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodegradable; bio-based; electronics; organic semiconductor; biocompatible; compostable biodegradable; bio-based; electronics; organic semiconductor; biocompatible; compostable

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Mühl, S.; Beyer, B. Bio-Organic Electronics—Overview and Prospects for the Future. Electronics 2014, 3, 444-461.

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