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William Salaneck ranks in the global top 10 of organic electronics experts

LiU professor is named one of the globally most-cited researchers in the field of organic thin-film transistors.

Organic electronics, in which semiconductor plastics replace traditional silicon, is a strong research domain at Linköping University. A foreground figure in this relatively new science is Professor William R. Salaneck, one of the top ten internationally most commonly cited scientists in research articles published by the scientific community.

“It is a well-known fact that scientists need to publish their research findings, but to have these findings approved through references in peer articles is an even more significant indicator”, says Professor Salaneck, who has a publications record listing 350 articles with 6 papers cited a total of 1891 times.

The recent Essential Science Indicator was announced by Thomson Scientific, a leading analyst of research trends and performance. The new list is topped by Sir Richard Friend at the University of Cambridge, who two decades ago discovered that plastic polymers emitted light when charged with an electric current. This was the springboard for organic LEDs.

Professor Salaneck and Sir Richard, (the latter incidentally one of LiUs honorary doctors), have long had a close collaboration that includes several EU-backed projects. Dr. Salaneck's specialty is the application of advanced methods to measure materials structure and intrinsic change, especially at metal surface interfaces.

The advantage of organic conductors as opposed to silicon is their flexibility and low cost. An organic-based display screen, whether for a computer or for a television, is moreover as much as ten times as energy efficient as a similar LCD (liquid crystal display) screen. The first commercial flat screen television based on organic conductors was recently unveiled in Japan.


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Last updated: 2009-06-03