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Part-organic device may help make bendable smartphones

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

Scientists have developed a thin, flexible semiconductor, partly using organic materials, that can efficiently convert into light and could help make bendable

The invention, by researchers at the (ANU), also opens the door to a new generation of high-performance that will be biodegradable or can be easily recycled, promising to help substantially reduce

The huge volumes of generated by discarded around the world is causing irreversible damage to the environment.

The organic component has the thickness of just one atom -- made from just carbon and hydrogen -- and forms part of the

The inorganic component has the thickness of around two atoms. The hybrid structure can convert into light efficiently for displays on mobile phones, televisions and other

"For the first time, we have developed an ultra-thin component with excellent semiconducting properties that is an organic-inorganic hybrid structure and thin and flexible enough for future technologies, such as bendable and display screens," said Larry Lu, at ANU.

said experiments demonstrated the performance of their would be much more efficient than conventional made with inorganic materials such as silicon.

"We have the potential with this to make as powerful as today's supercomputers," said Sharma.

"The light emission from our semiconducting structure is very sharp, so it can be used for high-resolution displays and, since the materials are ultra-thin, they have the flexibility to be made into bendable screens and in the near future," he said.

The team grew the organic semiconductor component molecule by molecule, in a similar way to The process is called

"We characterised the opto-electronic and electrical properties of our invention to confirm the tremendous potential of it to be used as a future semiconductor component," Lu said.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 17:45 IST