Development of a Novel Electro-optical Vibrational Spectroscopy Technique to Inform Organic Electronic Materials Design

Open Access
Author:
Averill, Christopher Michael
Graduate Program:
Chemistry
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
October 30, 2013
Committee Members:
  • John B Asbury, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • Organic Electronics
  • Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Electro-Optical Spectroscopy
  • Flexible Electronics
Abstract:
Interest in flexible electronics is increasing as consumer electronics start to focus on more mobile, lightweight technologies. Organic electronic materials are especially interesting as candidates for these devices because they are relatively inexpensive, their properties can be tuned, and they have the ability to flex without any additional processing required. Progress toward developing new organic electronic materials has largely been hindered due to the lack of techniques capable of characterizing these materials electrically and molecularly at the same time. This thesis discusses our efforts to minimize this gap in information by developing an instrument that will be able to characterize electronic materials spectroscopically and electrically at the same time. This technique could provide vital information to narrow the scope of material design for future iterations of organic electronic materials.