From “living” materials to artificial “memory” – Organic polyradicals for flash memory devices and other applications in digital electronics.
Supervisor: Dr. Giovanni Fanchini
Project Description (Abstract):
Organic electronics is the sub-discipline of applied Condensed Matter Physics that investigates the use of organic materials based on the element carbon (of which living organisms are made) to complement silicon in key areas of consumer electronics. A remarkable success story in the field of organic electronics has been the development of the organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology by Eastman Kodak and the University of Rochester in the early 2000’s. There are very high chances organic electronics materials are in the laptop or other portable device you are using to read this text, as the quality and brightness of colours of their OLED displays have outperformed computer displays made from liquid crystals or inorganic LEDs. Our team has accumulated a unique expertise in the nanofabrication of organic “flash”memory devices (yes, the memory “sticks” you are using to transfer data to and from your laptop!) built from organic polyradicals – organic polymers in which each subunit contains an unpaired electron spin – which stemmed for our synthesis of electronic-grade layers of these materials with unprecedented thinness. Research from our team has generated an intellectual property portfolio, and media attention (see http://www.lfpress.com/2016/10/14/western-university-unexpected-discovery-leads-researchers-to-develop-super-thin-material-to-store-data).