25 Apr '12, 1pm

Self-Assembling Organic Nanowires

Image: Nature Chemistry Fall Into the Gap: A gap between to electrodes [left] is filled in with self-assembling nanowires after exposure to light [middle and, up close, right]. Click on image to enlarge. 23 April 2012—With a zap of electricity and a flash of light, organic molecules pull together to form tiny conduits that conduct electricity as efficiently as metals do, researchers in France have found. The scientists say that the conductive organic nanowires could be useful for making low-cost flexible electronic circuits . Flexible electronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes , thin-film transistors, and solar cells, all rely on films of organic molecules with semiconducting properties. The advantage of such films is that they can be turned into ink and printed on pliable substrates. The wiring that strings the devices into a circuit, however, is metal, a material ...

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