Fluorinated Aromatic Materials


Researchers at the University of South Dakota have designed and synthesized new compounds for stable, efficient, and moisture‐resistant optoelectronics.

Fluorinated materials are used in many state‐of‐the‐art applications including active matrix liquid crystal displays, lithium ion batteries, and proton exchange membranes for fuel cells. They are also found in Organic Solar Cells (OSCs), Dyesensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs), Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), and Organic Field‐Effect Transistors (OFETs) but are currently neither flexible nor resistant to shock and vibration. The unique application of fluorinated aromatic materials is the key to wide deployment of the next generation of light weight and highly efficient optoelectronics. This research replaces fragile elements in current optoelectronic designs and provides an alternative with high stability tolerance for extreme environmental conditions. These new fluorinated aromatic materials are a breakthrough for their stability, efficiency, moisture‐resistance in optoelectronics, and low cost.

Advantages of USD technology over what is currently available:

*Increased flexibility and shock and vibration resistance

*More stable under extreme environmental conditions

*Lower long term cost due to high stability

*Safer than comparable hydrocarbon‐based products due to lower flammability

*Increased efficiency through the prevention of moisture permeation


Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Rozzy Finn
Technology Transfer Officer
University of South Dakota
Haoran Sun
Fluorinated Materials
Optical Communication