The detection and emission of light with conjugated polymers and molecules is the major driving force of polymer optoelectronics (light emitting diodes, photodiodes and solar cells)
Research also includes polymer electronics such as diodes, transistors and hybrid electronic/electrochemical devices
Assemblies using conjugated polymers and biomolecules are used for biodetection, ranging from in vitro to in vivo assays for biological and biochemical processes, including single nucleotide mismatch detection in DNA hybridisation, misfolding processes in protein assembly, imaging of subcellular compartmentalisation in tissue samples and live cells. Self assembly of electronic devices and materials using biomolecules as assemblers leads to novel geometries and devices.
Conjugated Polymer Physics
The nature of electronic conduction and optical processes in conjugated polymers - ranging from the semiconducting to the metallic states.
Removal or additions of electrons from conjugated polymer chains causes dramatic changes of conductivity, optical absorption and volume. These are the object of study in electrochemical muscles, electrochromic displays/windows, etc.
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