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Title:A Semiconductor Rose by Any Other Name
Author(s):Boehning, Rebecca
Contributor(s):Diao, Ying; Chung, Tim
Subject(s):Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Abstract:To quote Shakespeare, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"- however, the "roses" in my photo are not true roses at all. These miniature roses are made from organic semiconductor crystals. They are approximately 100 microns in diameter, which is the width of a human hair. While these crystals can reflect any color of light, I have colored them red to increase the contrast and enhance the imagination. My research focuses on understanding the crystal growth of organic semiconductors. While most semiconductor materials are inorganic, such as silicon, the compounds I work with offer an organic alternative. Organic semiconductors, if used effectively, offer several benefits such as flexible electronic applications and low energy manufacturing compared to silicon wafers. Before organic semiconductors can be used industrially, the underlying crystallization mechanism must be understood. While the image shown here would not make an effective electronic device, the rose-shape of these crystals abstractly portray their organic character. In the future, organic semiconductors can provide a viable alternative for commonly used semiconductors today ­or, in other words, an organic semiconductor by any other name would work as well.
Issue Date:2017-04
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URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/95911
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Rebecca Boehning
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-04-20


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