Dr. Maria Benedetta Casu
Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
University of Tübingen, Germany
The success of organic electronics is a reality that brought new devices on the market over a short period of time since the demonstration of the first device. Thus, organic thin films and organic/inorganic interfaces remained in the focus of extensive investigations for two decades.
Surprisingly, in comparison with this extended work, little attention has been drawn to the study of thin films and interface properties of organic radicals.
Organic radicals are fascinating materials because of their unique properties, which make them suitable for a variety of possible applications. They are certainly promising candidates for groundbreaking applications from energy storage to quantum computing.
Inspired by this view, we have adopted a new approach towards this class of materials, investigating their thin film processes. We use X-ray based techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, coupled to electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, with the ultimate goal of understanding magnetic moments in purely organic molecules.