Mina and Myles awarded their Ph.Ds

On 2. February  Mina defended her thesis in Sønderborg and on 21. February Miles defended his thesis in Milan. Congratulations to both of you!

You can find Minas thesis under ‘Projects’ and Miles will follow shortly. Mina found a job in industry as an application engineer.

First cover article for “Thinface”

The new Journal ‘Sustainable Energy & Fuels’ has a cover image of a joint paper of Thinface Groups and others.
The issue is open access.
Cu(II) and Zn(II) based Phthalocyanine as Hole selective layers for Perovskite Solar Cells, L. Calio, J. Follana-Berná, S. Kazim, M. Madsen, H.-G. Rubahn, Á. Sastre-Santos and S. Ahmad, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017
DOI: 10.1039/C7SE00367F (2017)

Book: Devices from Hybrid and Organic Materials

with Mato Knez as Editor-in-Chief, Vida Engmann, Morten Madsen and Horst-Günter Rubahn editors, to appear in ‘World Scientific Publishing’
The book focuses on the use of various organic and hybrid materials for developing new devices, and includes many different aspects of device technology, from materials development to device fabrication and integration of reliable devices. In order to realize the 14 different chapters focusing on these areas, world leading experts on devices from hybrid and organic materials are put together to form a comprehensive book suited for new readers as well as those more experienced in this field.

Expected to appear early 2018.
Table of contents

Chloé and Mehrad to defend in December

Mehrad Ahmadpour will defend his thesis entitled ‘Metal-oxide based interlayers for organic and perovskite photovoltaics‘ on Dec. 1, 2017
Find the abstract here.
Chloé will defend her thesis entitled ‘Humidity effects at the organic/porous silicon sensor interface‘ on Dec. 12, 2017

Weike Wang defended his thesis

‘Vapor phase infiltration and doping of conducting polymers’ is the title of Weike’s thesis.
His defense was on October 26, 2017 in San Sebastian.
Congratulations Weike!

A new Doktorate

Abhilash has passed the doctorate exam today!
Congratulations to Abhilash!

Micellar coupling enables the synthesis of organic semiconductors in water, at room temperature and under standard oxygenated atmosphere

Researchers at the University of Milano Bicocca optimized a protocol for the synthesis of different classes of both molecular and polymeric organic semiconductors enabling the use of water as the sole solvent. Reactions are efficient and do not require heating or atmosphere control. The process is based on the use of a commercially available surfactant (Kolliphor EL) enabling the formation of micelles not easily permeated by oxygen. Such association colloids provide nanoreactors where water insoluble materials can accumulate and react, eventually to be expelled in the water phase directly in the crystalline form.
Examples of semiconductors accessible through such route include diketopyrrolopyrroles (used in OPV), perylene and naphthalenediimides (osed in OFET) and polyfluorenes (relevant for OLEDs). The research unit is now extending the protocol to the preparation of thermosensitive materials pertaining to the class of the latent pigments.

Reference: Mattiello, S. et al., 2017. Suzuki–Miyaura Micellar Cross-Coupling in Water, at Room Temperature, and under Aerobic Atmosphere. Organic Letters, 19(3), pp.654–657.