Blueprinting Macromolecular Electronics
Carlos-Andres Palma and Paolo Samorì, London (2011)
Recently, by mastering either top-down or bottom-up approaches, tailor-made macromolecular nano-objects with semiconducting properties have been fabricated. These engineered nanostructures for organic electronics are based on conjugated systems predominantly made up of sp2-hybridized carbon, such as graphene nanoribbons. Here, we describe developments in a selection of these nanofabrication techniques, which include graphene carving, stimulus-induced synthesis of conjugated polymers and surface-assisted synthesis. We also assess their potential to reproduce chemically and spatially precise molecular arrangements, that is, molecular blueprints. In a broad context, the engineering of a molecular blueprint represents the fabrication of an integrated all-organic macromolecular electronic circuit. In this Perspective, we suggest chemical routes, as well as convergent on-surface synthesis and microfabrication approaches, for the ultimate goal of bringing the field closer to technology.
Partners : UdS
Place of Publication : London
Date of Publication : 2011/05/23
Additional Data : C.-A. Palma, P. Samorì* "Blueprinting Macromolecular Electronics", Nat. Chem. 2011, 3, 431-436.