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Sustainable Materials and Processes for Organic Electronics

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Chemical Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 957

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Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche “Giulio Natta” (SCITEC), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Sede Via A. Corti 12, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: conjugated molecules; semiconducting polymers; conjugated polar materials; optoelectronic applications; new lasing materials; OLED; OPV OFET; sensor; Carbon-dots; micro /nanostructured materials
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Department of Engineering Science, University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan
Interests: new materials for organic electronic applications; optoelectronic characterization of organic semiconductors; structure–morphology–property relationships in organic semiconductor thin films; surface and interface interactions in organic solar cell architectures; organic solar cell device architecture optimization; green and sustainable materials or processes for organic solar cell fabrication; optical properties of semitransparent organic solar cells
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Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa, Via Giuseppe Moruzzi, 13, I-56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: organometallic cross-coupling methodologies for the synthesis of organic semiconductors; small molecules and macromolecular materials; materials for self-assembling and organic–biological hybrids; synthetic strategies for the functionalization of nanocrystalline cellulose to enable new technological applications of old and new material
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic semiconductors represent an intriguing alternative to their inorganic counterparts since they are cheaper, lighter, and more flexible. They provide an elegant approach to avoid further depleting our planet from its nonrenewable resources and exhibit a great potential for low carbon footprint manufacturing as a result of the lower energy consumption involved in their processing into thin films.

However, their conventional synthetic approaches and processing techniques usually involve the use of toxic or hazardous chemicals and solvents, which limit their potential sustainability by far. Likewise, some parts of organic electronic device architectures such as transparent conductive electrodes still employ scarce metals, such as indium, which is discarded once the devices reach the end of their lifecycle.

This Special Issue will collect contributions that propose solutions to the aforementioned negative environmental impact of organic electronics manufacturing through greener or more sustainable approaches encompassing all the phases of the organic electronic devices design and fabrication, including envisioning of the possible end-of-life scenario of the technology. The Special Issue will strongly promote a circular vision of organic electronics manufacturing through lifecycle or environmental impact assessments, as well as innovative methods for waste valorization during organic electronics manufacturing or decommissioning. The Special Issue will publish both original research papers and reviews in relevant topics which include but are not limited to:

  • Principles of green chemistry applied to organic semiconductor synthesis, with attention to waste reduction, use of green solvents and chemicals, reduction of synthetic steps;
  • Green deposition processes via environmentally benign solvents, semiconductor waste reduction, and low energy consumption;
  • Green and sustainable materials used as components of device architectures: renewable substrates, natural semiconductors or materials extracted from biomass, alternative materials for transparent conductive electrodes;
  • Lifecycle considerations: methods to increase the device lifetime, lifecycle and environmental impact assessments, relevant materials recovery and reuse, composting, decommissioning, biodegradability.

Dr. Mariacecilia Pasini
Dr. Varun Vohra
Dr. Alessandra Operamolla
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Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • organic electronics
  • renewable and/or sustainable materials
  • natural materials
  • sustainable synthetic process and manufacturing
  • green solvents
  • circular economy
  • waste reduction and valorization
  • life cycle assessments
  • environmental impact assessments
  • recycling
  • biodegradable electronics
  • printed organic semiconductors

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There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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