Special Issue "Polymer-Based Light-Emitting Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Yoshinori Nishikitani
Guest Editor
Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Interests: conducting polymers; organic electronics; organic light-emitting devices; quantum chemistry; photoelectrochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advances in organic light-emitting devices, such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs), open up a new realm in the fields of display and lighting. For instance, a huge number of OLEDs have already been used in commercial products such as displays, smartphones, and televisions. Moreover, OLED lighting is emerging as a cutting-edge future lighting technology. From the perspective of commercialization, simple and low-cost fabrication processes are highly desired; therefore, solution-processable polymer-based light-emitting materials are ideal for active layers of display and lighting devices because of their compatibility with low-cost fabrication processes such as spin-coating and R2R coating. In fact, these techniques have been already fully developed in the paper and pulp, chemical, and printing mass-production industries. This situation has stimulated intensive research into exploring polymer-based light-emitting materials with high photoluminescence quantum yield, suitable bandgap energy and energy levels, good chemical and thermal stability, and high solubility. In addition, sensing devices of various kinds, such as electrochemical sensors and biosensors, can also be fabricated with polymer-based light-emitting materials.

The purpose of this Special Issue “Polymer-Based Light-Emitting Materials” is to provide an opportunity to share novel studies on the synthesis and analysis of novel materials, theoretical investigations based on quantum chemistry and machine learning, innovative light-emitting devices for display and lighting, sensors in the biomedical field, and new applications of the materials, to name but a few. I kindly invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Full articles, short communications, and review articles are all welcome.

Prof. Yoshinori Nishikitani
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • light-emitting polymers
  • photoluminescence quantum yield
  • bandgap energy
  • organic light-emitting diodes
  • sensors

Published Papers

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