Organic Electronics

ChromaTwist materials display Hexagonal Columnar Discotic Liquid Crystal (DLC) mesophases – a state of matter intermediate between liquid and solid. This mesophase gives rise to an anisotropy in photophysical properties such as light polarisation, light emission and charge transport. In addition, ChromaTwist materials are able to form nanoparticles and nanowires.

Schematic representation of discotic molecule arrangement in DLCs mesophase

Triphenoxazoles are organic insulators with charge mobility around ~ 10-3 cm2/Vs. When irradiated with UV light, ChromaTwist materials become photoconductors. The photocurrent display up to 2 orders of magnitude increase compared to the hexakis(alkyloxy)triphenylenes (TpH), which is the archetypical photoconductor.

Photocurrent ON and OFF switching with 350 nm UV light of TpH, TpOx-Ph and TpOx-2-Nap

Organo-electronic properties of DLCs have been utilised in applications such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) [1, 2], organic solar cells [3, 4] and other organic electronic applications. [5-9] Currently, ChromaTwist is examining further triphenoxazoles for use in OPV application as photoactive and charge transport material.

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