The main goal of our research is the development of efficient and sustainable organic semiconductors for printed optoelectronics and related applications. In the last 20 years the community of researchers devoted to the development of such materials established reliable structure property characteristics providing guidelines to the development of performing active materials for a wide platform of devices. OLEDs, OFETs, OPVs, LEECs and biosensors are amongst the most representative examples.
We have been contributing to such activities, profiting from our expertise in the field of heteroaromatic chemistry and in the development of high performances pigments and dyes.
Recently, the organic semiconductor community started to face the Lab to Fab transition, thus realizing that performances are a necessary but not sufficient condition for successful technological transfer. Stability, reliability and sustainability of the production processes are at least as important as the absolute performance.
We are actively working with partners from Italian and foreign institutions on the development of strategies mutuated from the formulation chemistry approach to develop inks of performing organic semiconductors – polymeric and molecular – whose preparation and handling mainly rely on the use of water and alcohols as reaction media and processing solvents. While gearing up for such an endeavor, we complemented our background in synthetic organic chemistry with a solid knowledge of formulation chemistry.
We routinely collaborate with large companies as well as PMI on both printed optoelectronics and formulation chemistry.