Fakultät für Physik




Organic electronics – Übersicht

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Organic electronics – physics and device applications
Lecture course for master students (3 ECTS)


Informationen zur Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort

Do 16-18 Uhr
Seminar room N 110
Gebäude N (Altbau Physik)
Schellingstrasse 4

The oral examns (30 minutes) take place in the last week of the teaching period (13.07-17.07). Individual dates were arranged for in the last lecture (09.07.) and afterwards by email for those who could not attend. The material covered in this course will be on the exam. Furthermore, please prepare to summarize (5-10 min) and discuss one of the three papers (distributed in the last lecture / see download section) in the context of the lecture.

Organic electronic applications such as large area displays, organic solar cells, and plastic logic are recent examples of a joined research effort aiming on replacing energy and cost intensive Silicon technology by lightweight, low energy cost materials based on organic molecules. Alan Heeger's nobel price in chemistry for the invention of semiconducting and metallic polymers honors some of these activities.

In terms of physics involved, organic electronics combines the molecular point of view with concepts such as molecular orbits, excitations, and energy levels with solid state physics represented by band structure, mobility, and doping. Charge transport in organic electronics is based on electron and hole transport rather than ionic transport as typical for biomolecular systems, however, also concepts from biology such as energy harvesting inspire organic electronics.

Within the lecture, I will introduce structural, optical and electrical concepts that apply to organic electronics. Prototypical devices such as light-emitting diodes, photo detectors, solar cells, and field-effect-transistors will be discussed and the state of the art will be indicated.

This lecture addresses master students and PhDs interested in electronic aspects of organic materials. I plan to offer a follow-up seminar during the winter term.



• M. Schwoerer und H. C. Wolf: "Organische Molekulare Festkörper", WILEY-VCH, Weinheim (2005)

• S. Hunklinger: "Festkörperphysik", Oldenbourg, München (2007)

• S.M. Sze and Kwok K.Ng.: "Physics of Semiconductor Devices", John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey (2007)

• Research articles will be distributed during the lectures.

Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Bert Nickel