The current edition of Science quotes Sigurd Wagner, professor of electrical engineering. The article is titled “Inorganic Electronics Begin to Flex Their Muscle.”

“Like a desert mirage, the promise of organic electronics seems to shimmer always on the horizon,” writes Robert F. Service.

Service observes that when organic electronics first came on the scene 30 years ago, the new technology captured the imagination of researchers hoping to make electronics that could bend and curve.

“In the late 1990s, there was a notion by materials and chemical companies that it would be easiest to go with all organics,” explains Wagner in the Science story. But it has been tough trying to manufacture organics reliably. “There are so many problems, [people] are returning to an inorganic transistor technology used in industry,” he reports.

Read the full article here.

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