Structural complexities in the active layers of organic electronics

Annu Rev Chem Biomol Eng. 2010;1:59-78. doi: 10.1146/annurev-chembioeng-073009-100851.


The field of organic electronics has progressed rapidly in recent years. However, understanding the direct structure-function relationships between the morphology in electrically active layers and the performance of devices composed of these materials has proven difficult. The morphology of active layers in organic electronics is inherently complex, with heterogeneities existing across multiple length scales, from subnanometer to micron and millimeter range. A major challenge still facing the organic electronics community is understanding how the morphology across all of the length scales in active layers collectively determines the device performance of organic electronics. In this review we highlight experiments that have contributed to the elucidation of structure-function relationships in organic electronics and also point to areas in which knowledge of such relationships is still lacking. Such knowledge will lead to the ability to select active materials on the basis of their inherent properties for the fabrication of devices with prespecified characteristics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electronics / instrumentation*
  • Electronics / methods
  • Organic Chemicals / chemistry*
  • Polymers / chemistry*
  • Transistors, Electronic


  • Organic Chemicals
  • Polymers