The chemical and physical stability of organic electronics materials are among the critical issues one polymer scientist confronted while striving to apply polymers as electronic materials. Dr. Young Kim will share his insights during a plenary session of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC 2011 conference on May 2, 2011.

A pioneer in the application of polymers in electronics, Dr. Kim will present a session on the "Paradigm Shift Toward Organic Electronics." While the advantages of organic electronics compared to conventionally used inorganics are numerous - agile molecular-level design and synthesis, facile fabrication options, and abundant raw material supply, for example - Dr. Kim will review the critical issues he confronted in striving to apply polymers as electronic materials.

Chief among these is that of the chemical and physical stability of organic electronics materials. While polymer materials have been used in passive applications like electronic packaging for some time, use of them in semiconductor chips, with their faster clock speed and higher power consumption, requires better thermal stability and lower thermal extension materials. Recently, there have been promising uses of organic materials in active applications such as POLED displays, hybrid photovoltaics, thin-film transistors and polymer memories.

Dr. Kim is director of the Material Technology Center of the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, the central research institute for the South Korea-based Samsung Group. His offices are at the Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. facility in Ridgefield Park, N.J.

ANTEC will be held May 1-5, 2011, at the Hynes Convention Center and the Boston Marriott Copley Center Hotel, Boston. More information is available at www.antec.ws or www.4spe.org.

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