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What is Organic Electronics?

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Organic electronics is a branch of material science that deals with the electrically-conductive polymers. Organic electronics are so called because polymer contains carbon. Unlike traditional electronics, organic electronics relies more on the use of organic conductors and semi-conductors.

While in the 2000 Plastic Logic came into the fore from the house of Cavendish laboratory to make a wide range of plastic electronics based products, the term organic electronics only remained in the background though basically it is the core concept of developing conductive polymer. In any case organic electronics is a technology that is essentially built on producing conductors that are made of carbon. Until now the technology is in use in several areas and has been developed since its first coinage way back in seventies. Organic electronics made its appearance in number of daily use tech products and materials that we would see here.

Definition

As per scientific definition the only reason that makes it known as organic and differentiates from other inorganic conductors or semiconductors is that the conductive polymers and small molecules used as conductors are carbon based. While inorganic and traditional conductors and semiconductors are based on copper and silicon, the polymers and small molecules used as conductors in this technology have carbon as their base and so the technology is named as organic electronics.

Uses and popularity

There are great array of reasons behind the popularity of organic electronics and its widespread adaptation. The most important of is the flexibility of conductive polymers compared to other non organic conductors and semi conductors making them ideal for producing great flexible display alternative in many products. Moreover organic polymer conductors are a lot cheaper than their inorganic counterparts and so as per their cost effectiveness is much more adored in commercial products. Polymer solar cells are flexible and so they almost reduce the possibility of breakage to nil compared to the thin glass sheets previously used. Flexible plastic display using organic electronics can give you a feel of paper with its bending flexibility while it is actually powered by an Intel processor. Some of the important and emerging uses of organic electronics include a lot of products that are simply mind blowing, namely as flexible batteries, organic sensors, smart conductive textiles with electro sensors, wearable computers or wearable displays, OLED or LE display and many more.

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Posted on: June 10, 2013

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