Materials & Nanoscience

Functional Molecular Materials and Devices (#128)

In this symposium, recent progress and the future of functional molecular materials and devices are discussed. Distinct from inorganic systems, pi-electron based materials have characteristic features of "diversity" and "softness". Such materials can be designed, synthesized, and crystallized to exhibit correlated electronic functionalities and quantum phenomena. Of particular interest are systems with electronic, dielectric, and magnetic properties that demonstrate large responses to external stimuli including electric and magnetic fields, light, pressure, and temperature. A contemporary synthetic challenge is to extend these collective properties from crystals to pi-electron based films, surface/interfaces, and non-periodic bio-materials. In order to fabricate high-performance molecular electronics such as organic transistors, light emitting devices, and solar cells, basic research of pi-electron systems is essential. Moreover, it is a significant challenge to extend research on small-molecule systems to include the increased complexity of oligomers, polymers, and bio-materials. Probes of various length scales, from local structure to bulk systems, are required to understand such "hierarchical structures" and "complex systems", especially in regard to intermolecular interactions that govern structural organization and electronic coupling. Founded in the chemical sciences, this symposium will focus on pi-electron based functional materials and devices, and will feature interdisciplinary discussions on the design, syntheses, crystallization, and characterizations of molecular crystals, surface/interfaces, thin-films, and bio-materials.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015