Organic Semiconductors for Electronics and Photonics


Stanford School of Engineering



Organic semiconductor materials hold much promise for many innovative and environmental-friendly applications in electronics and photovoltaics. This course will provide an overview of the science of this developing field and the various applications from films to devices. Students will explore methods for fabricating thin films and devices and examine the relationship between chemical structure and molecular packing on a variety of properties. While there are no prerequisites for this class, students should have an understanding of solid state physics and/or electronic materials.

What you will learn

  • Why conjugated molecules are semiconductors
  • How to control the electronic structure of organic semiconductors
  • Details on the characterization of microstructures and thin films
  • Electronic excitation and charge injection in organic semiconductors
  • The role of devices such as diodes and LEDs, photovoltaics, FETS, and FTFs


Topics include

  • Field-effect transistors
  • Light-emitting diodes
  • Biosensors
  • Lasers
  • Photodetectors and photovoltaic cells

Note on Course Availability

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