Engineers have created a semiconductor with organic and inorganic materials that can efficiently transform electricity into light. It is thin and flexible enough to help make devices such as mobile phones, bendable.
The organic component has the thickness of just one atom prepared from just carbon and hydrogen, and forms part of the semiconductor. The inorganic section has the thickness of around two atoms. The hybrid structure can convert electricity into light efficiently for displays on mobile phones, televisions and other electronic devices. This was developed at the Australian National University.
The invention also opens the door to a new generation of high-performance electronic devices made with organic materials that will be biodegradable or recyclable, likely to benefit considerably in reducing e-waste. The team produced the organic semiconductor element molecule by molecule, similar to 3D printing, through a process called ‘chemical vapor deposition’.