Invention of the Phenacene-Type π-Electronic Organic Molecules for Electronic Energy Devices Based on the Creation of Catalysts

Principal Investigator

Yasushi NISHIHARA (Professor, Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science, Okayama University)

Co-Principal Investigator

Kazuhiko TAKAI (Professor, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University)

Seiji SUGA (Professor,Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University)

Yoshihiro KUBOZONO (Professor, Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science, Okayama University)

Koichi SAKAMAKI (Reseach Associate, Environmental & Energy Materials Laboratory, R & D Division, ADEKA Corporation)

Outline of the Project

This project focuses on the “new phenacene-type π-conjugate molecules,” polycyclic hydrocarbons with extended π-electron systems.  The innovative bond activation and bond formation using transition metal catalysts, based on organometallic chemistry, realizes the efficient synthesis of organic materials with extensive applications—e.g., organic superconductors, organic field effect transistors, and organic thin film solar cells.  Three synthetic chemistry groups will collaborate on the synthesis of these new compounds, and two additional groups will collaborate to evaluate the utility of these compounds in the target devices.  This project pursues the basic scientific principles required in order to unite “synthesis” and “application toward devices” of phenacene-type organic molecules; the project seeks to exploit this new scientific field based on the knowledge created through the execution of this research. 

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