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Title: Synthesis of pendant polymers for organic electronics
Author: Combe, Craig
ISNI:       0000 0004 2737 7406
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2013
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The field of organic electronics is dominated by two different strategies; small molecules and conjugated back-bone polymers each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Small molecules tend to have better electronic properties due to the ease with which they form crystals but are difficult to process on an industrial scale. Conjugated back-bone polymers' physical properties are ideal for mass production via methods such as inkjet printing but their electronic properties are highly dependent on the polymer morphology which is difficult to reproduce effectively on an industrial scale. This project will attempt to combine both strategies by making pendant polymers using new and known, high performance small molecules attached to a flexible polymer backbone. It is theorised that the small molecule pendants will interact to give the desired electronic properties, while the backbone will provide the physical properties required for simpler industrial manufacture.
Supervisor: McCulloch, Iain Sponsor: Cambridge Display Technologies, Ltd
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral