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Functional semiconductors targeting copolymer architectures and hybrid nanostructures

  • Joannis K. Kallitsis (a1) (a2), Charalampos Anastasopoulos (a1) and Aikaterini K. Andreopoulou (a1) (a2)

The introduction of functional units onto semiconducting polymers either as side chains or at the α- and ω-ends of polymeric chains is the method of choice in order to impose additional functions to the final semiconducting materials when aiming specific applications. Moreover, the functionalization approach provides a route to further complex macromolecular architectures as well as the generation of hybrid materials through the covalent attachment of the semiconductor to carbon nanostructures or to inorganic nanoparticles. Via this prospective an outline over functionalized and hybrid semiconducting polymers is provided along with possible paths of future research toward functional and hybrid semiconductors.

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