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Vol. 26 No. 5
September-October 2004

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Electronic Phenomena in Organic Solids

J. Kahovec, editor

Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 212
Wiley-VCH, 2004, pp. 1-580
ISBN 3-527-31045-2

The 21st Discussion Conference on “Electrical and Related Properties of Polymers and Other Organic Solids” was the 62nd meeting in the series of the Prague Meetings on Macromolecules. The meeting, which was organized under the auspices of IUPAC, was held at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, from 14-18 July 2002. This meeting was held simultaneously with the 9th International Conference on Electrical and Related Properties of Organic Solids (ERPOS).

The first ERPOS conference was held in 1974, in Karpacz, Poland, as the Summer School on Electrical Properties of Organic Solids. The success of this first meeting gave rise to regular ERPOS conferences that, over 28 years, have grown into a well-established series.

The Prague meeting in 2002 was organized at a fascinating time. It was characterized by the strong input of organic materials, both low-molecular-weight and polymers, into the application sphere. The Nobel Prize winners, Professors Alan J. Heeger, Alan MacDiarmid, and Hideki Shirakawa characterized the period in their Nobel Foundation lecture as “the era of the fourth generation of polymeric materials.”

The Prague meeting aimed to provide a forum for scientists specializing in electronic properties of organic materials. The topics of the conference included various aspects of molecular materials, liquid crystals, organized structures of macromolecules and supramolecules, properties of nanostructures and materials such as charge carrier generation, transport, trapping and recombination, photoelectrical phenomena, electroluminescence, molecular electronics, nonlinear optical phenomena, photorefractivity, optical switching, data recording, and storage.

A total of 126 participants from 24 countries contributed to the scientific program of the conference. There were 12 main lectures, 25 special lectures, and 93 poster presentations. An interesting panel discussion, “From Molecular Crystals to Polymers and Single Molecules,” was moderated by R. W. Munn, J. Sworakowski, and R. M. Metzger. The discussion was opened by Munn with a lecture on “Unimolecular Rectifiers.”

All the conference contributions and accompanying discussions were very helpful in providing a better understanding of electrical and optical properties of organic solids, and in particular charge carrier generation, transport and trapping, non-linear optics, photorefractivity, transistors, photodetectors, light-emitting diodes, rectifiers, and molecular devices. The papers presented as main and special lectures and posters, collected in this volume, will provide the same benefit to the readers.

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