The Briseno group is invited by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces to highlight the recent progress in oligothiophene semiconductors for organic devices. This article entitled, "Oligothiophene Semiconductors: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications for Organic Devices," by L. Zhang, N. S. Colella, B. P. Cherniawski, S. C. B. Mannsfeld, A. L. Briseno is featured on the front cover.
Oligomers are an excellent platform for exploring the relationship between molecular structure, morphology, and optoelectronic properties. They present an excellent system for examining the role of functionality beyond the thiophene core. The moieties can have an effect on key properties such as effective conjugation length, crystal packing, intermolecular interaction, polymorphism, and electronic structure. These characteristics impact the performance of organic field effect transistors and solar cells.