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Iowa State Chemist Designs New Polymer Structures for Use as 'Plastic Electronics'

April 28, 2011

Malika Jeffries Malika Jeffries-EL, an Iowa State University assistant professor of chemistry, is designing new organic polymer structures that conduct electricity and could be useful in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and thin-film transistors. She and her research group are doing fundamental studies on the relationship between the polymer structures and their electronic, physical and optical properties. Full Story

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