Organic Light-emitting Transistors

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Infotech Oulu Intensive Courses

Organic Light-emitting Transistors

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Jana Zaumseil, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Date: April 9, 2013

Place: TS107


9.15-10.30      Lecture I
10.45-12.00    Lecture II
13.00-14.00    Lecture III
14.15-15.15    Lecture IV

Registration by sending an email to Karoliina Jokinen (marjajok(at) by Friday 5th April.

Exam is organized at 2 pm on Friday 12th April in Lecture hall L4 (at the same time and place with the department exams).

The literature mentioned in the "recommended reading" list is also considered as course material.


The objective of this course is to give insight into the device physics of organic (and related) light-emitting field-effect transistors, which are a new class of multifunctional devices that combine light-emission and switching properties in a single device. There are also interesting model systems to study charge transport and carrier recombination in a particular semiconductors. The attendees will be able to analyse the current-voltage-emission characteristics of various light-emitting FETs and assess current research papers in the field.

Course Content

  1. Refresher: Basics of charge transport, recombination and light emission in organic semiconductors
  2. Ambipolar charge transport in organic semiconductors and other materials (carbon nanotubes, low bandgap nanowires): preconditions, current-voltage characteristics
  3. Working principles and characterisation of ambipolar light-emitting FETs
  4. Single-layer polymer and organic single crystal light-emitting FETs
  5. Organic unipolar and multilayer light-emitting field-effect transistors
  6. Hybrid and carbon nanotube light-emitting FETs
  7. Potential applications and future directions

Recommended Literature

  1. Zaumseil, J., Chapter ‘Light-Emitting Organic Transistors’ in Organic Electronics, Vol. 2, Editor Hagen Klauk, Wiley-VCH, 2012 (ISBN-10: 3-527-32647-2)
  2. Gwinner, M. C. et al. Highly Efficient Single-Layer Polymer Ambipolar Light-Emitting Field-Effect Transistors. Adv. Mater. 24, 2728-2734, (2012).
  3. Zaumseil, J. & Sirringhaus, H. Electron and ambipolar transport in organic field-effect transistors. Chem. Rev. 107, 1296-1323 (2007).
  4. Bisri, S. Z. et al. High Mobility and Luminescent Efficiency in Organic Single-Crystal Light-Emitting Transistors. Adv. Funct. Mater. 19, 1728-1735 (2009).
  5. Capelli, R. et al. Organic light-emitting transistors with an efficiency that outperforms the equivalent light-emitting diodes. Nat. Mater. 9, 496-503 (2010).
  6. Tersoff, J.; Freitag, M.; Tsang, J. C.; Avouris, P., Device modeling of long-channel nanotube electro-optical emitter. Appl. Phys. Lett. 86 (26), Art.No. 263108 (2005).
  7. Kang, M.S:; Frisbie, C. D., Frisbie, A Pedagogical Perspective on Ambipolar FETs, ChemPhysChem, "Early view online version available"

Biography of the lecturer:

Jana Zaumseil received her diploma in Physical Chemistry from the University of Leipzig in 2002. Following a one-year research internship at Bell Laboratories (Lucent Technologies, USA) she joined the Optoelectronics Group at the Cavendish Laboratory (University of Cambridge, UK) for her doctorate in physics supervised by Prof. Sirringhaus. There she developed the first ambipolar and light-emitting polymer field-effect transistors and received her Ph.D. in 2007. From 2007 to 2009 she held the Ugo Fano Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratories (USA) where she studied light emission from carbon nanotubes. In 2009 she was appointed Professor for Nanoelectronics at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. She received the prestigious Alfried-Krupp-Förderpreis in 2010 and a European Research Council Starting Grant in 2012. Her research focuses on optoelectronic devices based on novel nanomaterials with an emphasis on materials that emit and absorb light in the near-infrared such as carbon nanotubes.

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