This course will provide background on critical issues on the main pi-conjugated polymers/carbon structures (polymers, semiconductors and organic conductors, carbon nanotubes and graphene ) used as the active materials for electronics and energy applications. The different methods of chemical, electrochemical synthesis and recent synthetic methodologies will be reviewed. We will discuss the underlying scientific principles that guide the study of structure-property relationships and the supramolecularity effects on the modulation of electronic properties. Applications of conjugated polymers in their undoped (organic solar cell, LEDs, transistors…) doped state (antistatic layers, corrosion, actuators, electrochromic, sensors ...) will be described. In a comparative approach, similar applications of carbon nanotubes and graphene will be presented.

  • Introduction. Electronic conduction and mobility. Doping / dedoping process
  • Electrochemical and spectroscopic evaluation of HOMO/LUMO levels and the electronic bandgap.
  • supramolecularity effects on the modulation of polymers electronic properties.
  • chemical and electrochemical synthesis of doped and undoped polymers
  • Influence of macromolecular characteristics (molecular weight and index of polydispersity Ip) on the optoelectronic properties.
  • n-type and p-type doping process
  • Applications of these polymers in their undoped state (antistatic layers,  ....) To the doped state (corrosion ...) and operating the process of doping / dedoping (electrochromic, corrosion, actuators, sensors, biosensors)

Polymères p-conjugués semi-conducteurs pour l’électronique organique

  • Introduction to the field of organic electronics
  • Reminders on the electronic properties and optical properties of semiconducting p-conjugated polymers
  • Some characterization methods of p-conjugated polymers
  • Solution-processing of p-conjugated polymers and derived materials for organic electronics
  • A few applications of semiconducting p-conjugated polymers and derived organic in the field of organic electronics
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  • Field-effect Transistors (FETs)
  • Photodetectors
  • Solar cells
  • Hybrid organic/inorganic materials for organic electronics

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and graphene for flexible electronics and photovoltaic, and energy storage.

  • Key electronic properties of CNTs and graphene
  • Preparation of CNTs and graphene according to targeted applications
  • A few applications of CNTs and graphene in the field of organic electronics
  • Field-effect Transistors (FETs)
  • Solar cells (active materials and transparent electrodes)

Some insights of applications of CNTs and graphene for energy storage (batteries Li-ion and supercapacitors) will also be given.


Master 1 level in chemistry and physics