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Light-Active Functional Organic Materials

edited by Hiroko Yamada and Shiki Yagai

The book presents current reviews on a wide range of organic materials having in common their response to or production of light. It focuses on the challenge of making a flexible material with good optoelectronic properties and explores hybrid rigid/flexible systems. It reviews optical microresonators, nanostructure-based organic semiconductors, polymer/fullerene interfaces, near-infrared dyes, and luminescent gold isocyanide complexes, along with LEDs based on thermally activated delayed fluorescence, which promise to approach the efficiency of more expensive inorganic LEDs. Lastly, it discusses the progress with acenes and phenacenes (large aromatic molecules used to develop organic semiconductors). The book authors, who are all active principal investigators in Japan, have presented a well-written text that is generously illustrated throughout.

Prof. L. C. Davis, CHOICE
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814800150
  • Subject: Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
  • Published: May 2019
  • Pages: 224

Inspired by naturally occurring light-active molecular systems such as photosynthesis, scientists have long devoted their effort to understand how light and molecules interact. Based on a raft of knowledge on light absorption, energy migration and electron transfer, fluorescence and phosphorescence, and various photochemical reactions, light can now be utilized for energy conversion, information storage, medical applications, and development of next-generation photofunctional materials that cannot be obtained via conventional organic synthesis.


This book overviews some of the cutting-edge π-conjugated molecular and polymer materials for organic photovoltaics, artificial photosynthesis, and organic light-emitting devices. It gives insights into the interactions between light and molecules and discusses sophisticated molecular designs, self-assembly and self-organization strategies, and state-of-the-art unconventional analytical methods.