An organic semiconductor developed by a team of physicists and astronomy scientists could help in manufacturing electronic devices. Improved 3D printing technologies have been used for layering several types of devices and models. However, the use of printers for manufacturing electronic devices would be a first-of-its-kind invention.
The cost of manufacturing electronic devices could be reduced by a formidable margin through this technology. Furthermore, these electronic devices can be easily integrated with the daily needs of the industrial and residential sector. The newly developed semiconductor consists of polymer chains and molecules. The organic semiconductor can also be used to manufacture resilient and efficient solar panels. This is a key consideration for decision-makers and stakeholders in the energy sector.
Limitations of Using Organic Semiconductors
Despite the seemingly utilitarian nature of these semiconductors, some of their properties limit widespread usage. The absence of an electron results in the formation of a hole in the semiconductor’s structure. This makes it difficult for other electrons to move through the material. The absence of free electrons inhibits electricity generation, and there is minimal absorption of light. Owing to this factor, several scientists are questioning the utility of these semiconductors in manufacturing solar panel. Professors from the University of Kansas believes that organic semiconductors breed poor-performing solar panels.
Suggested Alternatives to Organic Semiconductors
To support their argument, professors at the University have developed layering methods to facilitate free movement of electrons. The Journal of American Chemical Society published the findings of the research. Several researchers have attempted to demonstrate the action of free charges in developing electronic interfaces.
The ability to transfer electrons from one material to another can help in developing electronic interfaces. Hence, research teams are focusing on developing modules for studying the general principles of electron transfer. It would be interesting to witness the response of global research fraternity with regard to the current findings.