We are happy to announce the new paper of our PhD student Yichu Zheng on "Exploiting lateral current flow due to doped layers in semiconductor devices having crossbar electrodes". It was published by "Organic Electronics" - Volume 65.
Congratulations on the new paper to Jakob, Zheng, Nara and Mike. "Threshold Voltage Control in Organic Field-Effect Transistors by Surface Doping with a Fluorinated Alkylsilane" was published by "ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces"
We would like to welcome Zhe Zhang as our new PhD student. Zhe is part of our group since 2016 working on his project work and master thesis. During his studies he was already working in the lab where he could learn a lot form our PhD students. We are happy to have him as a PhD student in a co-operated project together with the Chair for Molecular Functional Materials of Prof. Feng.
Our PhD student Nara Shin (Prof. Mannsfeld’s group) won the cfaed INSPIRE Grant and had the opportunity to visit Stanford University in this summer season. Now she would like to share her experience and impressions with us.
Please read below Nara's report about her stay at Standford University.
Congratulations to Rishi on his new paper. "Alkyl Branching Position in Diketopyrrolopyrrole Polymers: Interplay between Fibrillar Morphology and Crystallinity and Their Effect on Photogeneration and Recombination in Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells" was published by "Chemistry of Materials"
From April to June 2017 I had the chance to work for 3 months with the Salleo Research Group at Stanford University. The research visit was financed in part by the cfaed INSPIRE grant and in part by the Graduate Academy through a travel grant for short-term research stays abroad. During my time in the group I was trying to shed light on the charge carrier transport in thin films of semiconducting polymers synthesized as part of the Organic/Polymer Path in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research.
The main reason for my visit of the group was the application of charge-modulation spectroscopy to our polymers. This technique has only been established in a few research groups around the world and gives information about the degree of freedom charge carriers have close to the semiconductor/dielectric interface based on the optical absorption of the carriers. The results will help us optimizing the device performance of field-effect transistors.
Furthermore, right next to Stanford University is the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, a Department of Energy user facility for very bright electromagnetic radiation. During my 3 months I was lucky enough to get multiple days and nights at the facility to investigate the film structure of our materials by x-ray scattering techniques. This allows us to correlate the structural and electronic properties of our semiconducting polymers.
Das cfaed ist über viele Gebäude verteilt - mindestens eins davon ist eine ganz besondere Perle mit einem großen Nachhall an bewegter und spannender Geschichte, deren Spuren heute u.a. bis ins MoMA New York führen. Die Rede ist von der Villa Ida Bienert, dem cfaed-Verwaltungssitz und gleichzeitig auch Forschungsort mit den Laboren unseres Lehrstuhls für Organische Bauelemente. Die Fotografin Uta Caroline Thom hat sich über einen Zeitraum von rund anderthalb Jahren dem Haus, seiner Vergangenheit und Gegenwart genähert, immer wieder neue Motive eingefangen, verfremdet, überlagert, und daraus ihre ganz eigene Sicht auf die Villa Bienert entwickelt. Seit 10.4. ist die daraus entstandene Ausstellung zu sehen.
One of our recent scientific pursuits included a visit of Prof. Stefan Mannsfeld, Postdoc Mike Hambsch and PhD student Rishi Shivare to the Synchrotron Light Source (ELETTRA) based in Trieste, Italy. The main motivation to visit such a research facility is the opportunity to work with intensely bright x-ray radiation.
In our case, we examined a wide range of organic semiconductors, using wide and small angle x-ray scattering. It lets us probe molecular and mesoscale structure of molecules and better understand how structural modifications affect device performance (for example in organic field effect transistors and solar cells). Doing experiments at a synchrotron is truly a unique experience, it is fascinating to see hundreds of scientists working round the clock.