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Teaching Organic Electronics: The Synthesis of the Conjugated Polymer MEH-PPV in a Hands-on Experiment for Undergraduate Students

1Institute of Chemistry Education, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

2Department of Molecular Electronics, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany


World Journal of Chemical Education. 2018, Vol. 6 No. 1, 54-62
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-6-1-9
Copyright © 2018 Science and Education Publishing

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Amitabh Banerji, Ann-Kathrin Schönbein, Lena Halbrügge. Teaching Organic Electronics: The Synthesis of the Conjugated Polymer MEH-PPV in a Hands-on Experiment for Undergraduate Students. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2018; 6(1):54-62. doi: 10.12691/wjce-6-1-9.

Correspondence to: Amitabh  Banerji, Institute of Chemistry Education, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. Email: a.banerji@uni-koeln.de

Abstract

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) are modern illuminants of the next generation. OLEDs use (among others) semiconducting polymers for light emission and open the pathway to innovative applications as flexible or transparent displays or luminaire. For the school-implementation of OLEDs low-cost experiments and teaching materials have been developed earlier. This contribution delivers a school-experiment for the synthesis of a semiconducting polymer and presents a successful example of a curricular innovation based on the cooperation between subject science and science education.

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