In general, we knew that plastic is non-conductor of electricity. That’s why, most of the plastic is being used in many industries, due to its characteristic.
However, it’s going to be changed here, as a group of researchers from the University of Washington have invented the new plastic semiconductors.
You’re wondering, “Plastic semiconductors? Are you kidding me?” Nope, it was a joke, as it’s really the semiconductors, which are being made from plastic that conducts electricity!
The new plastic semiconductors are cheaper, thinner and more flexible than the ordinary electronics. Believe it or not, this new technology has been applied in some gadgets. According to the news from Microsoft, the new Sony Walkman and the Microsoft Zune HD music player are going to incorporate with the new plastic semiconductors!
The research team described that they’ve successfully made charges flow in both positive and negative ways.
Samson Jenekhe, a professor of chemical engineering in University of Washington pointed out that by using the plastic semiconductors, it can transmit both positive and negative charges simultaneously.
Honestly, the discovery had overcome the major drawback of the existing organic semiconductors, which is only transmitting in positive charges.
The research team is using the new plastic semiconductor to build a transistor designed in the same way as a silicon model. Guess what! The result is impressive, as it shown that both electrons and holes move through the device instantly.
Mr. Jenekhe said the new plastic semiconductor is going to substitute the old-fashioned organic semiconductor in the upcoming years. [sciencedaily]