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One particularly interesting aspect about organic electronics is how it can interact with plants, and with microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae.

In fact, researchers have recently proposed a symbiotic electronic device made of algae and an organic transistor.

In this symbiotic device, a carpet of living algae is printed on top of a large area gate terminal of the transistor. The algae population generates by photosynthesis electrical charges that are then transduced into an electrical current by an array of organic transistors.

The device can be made to float on the ocean surface and generate electricity for remote and stand-alone applications.

In this emergent field, research is also ongoing in what could be the next big revolution in organic electronics, bioelectronics, where organic bioelectronic devices can be used to translate biological signals and promote the regeneration of biological tissues and even repair faulty nervous connections.

Amazingly, organic semiconductors have the unique capability to translate both ionic and electronic signals. Organic semiconductors (OSCs) in particular are receiving increasing attention these days because they have many attractive properties – including light weight, low-cost production, low-temperature processing, mechanical flexibility, and abundant availability – that distinguish them from their conventional inorganic counterparts.

The successful commercialization of active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) for high-end smartphone displays suggests that organic compounds have promising prospects for use in various other electrical and optoelectrical devices.

Other like future uses of organic electronics include organic light-emitting diodes for:

  • Displays and lighting applications
  • Electronic paper
  • Thin film batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Organic photovoltaics
  • Sensors
  • Biosensors

Many analysts believe organic electronics will transform the way society interacts with new technology.

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