"Organic Semiconductor (I/O), 1973 a melanin (polyacetylenes)
"The melanins are polyacetylenes and vice versa. Most, if not
all, subsequent organic electronic devices technically use some polyacetylene
as their active element. This device is their immediate ancestor.
The next organic active device we can find in the scientific literature
appears roughly eight years later. Three decades ago, pigment cell
researchers were nearly the only scientists working on the electronic
properties of the polyacetylenes. Similarly, Dr. McGinness has a PhD
in Solid State Physics. This is why the putative earliest active organic
electronic device comes from a cancer hospital, although Dr. McGinness'
subsequent development of batteries [was] based on this technology
[and] closely parallels that of main-line semiconductor physics."
Peter H. Proctor
Additional Reference Material: SCIENTIFIC
AMERICAN August 2004
BY: Graham P. Collins - ORGANIC
SEMICONDUCTOR devices can make more than just bendable displays.
They will find use in wearable electronics, chemical sensors, skin for
robots and innumerable other applications.
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