Rylene and related diimides for organic electronics

Xiaowei Zhan*, Antonio Facchetti, Stephen Barlow, Tobin J. Marks, Mark A. Ratner, Michael R. Wasielewski, Seth R. Marder

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Organic electron-transporting materials are essential for the fabrication of organic p-n junctions, photovoltaic cells, n-channel field-effect transistors, and complementary logic circuits. Rylene diimides are a robust, versatile class of polycyclic aromatic electron-transport materials with excellent thermal and oxidative stability, high electron affinities, and, in many cases, high electron mobilities; they are, therefore, promising candidates for a variety of organic electronics applications. In this review, recent developments in the area of high-electron-mobility diimides based on rylenes and related aromatic cores, particularly perylene- and naphthalene-diimide-based small molecules and polymers, for application in high-performance organic field-effect transistors and photovoltaic cells are summarized and analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-284
Number of pages17
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 11 2011


  • organic electronics
  • organic field-effect transistors
  • organic photovoltaics
  • organic semiconductors
  • rylene diimides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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