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Department: Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials


Since my first contact with organic electronics, back in 2006 at the TuGraz, I have always been intrigued by the challenges and opportunities this rich class of materials offer. I started to work on poly(triphenylamines), amorphous and semiconducting polymers, which turned out to be electrically stable under ambient conditions. Order is crucial for efficient charge transport, and that’s why I moved on to single crystal devices to gain information about correlation between crystal structure and electrical performance. I learned that depending on molecular structure and chemical composition, electrical properties can be tuned from semiconductors all the way to organic metals. In this context, tetrathiafulvalene derivatives are an appealing class of materials. Pure single crystals are challenging to process, but combining processing conditions of polymers with the electrical properties of single crystalline materials in composites allow appealing applications.

Research interest

  • Organic-Semiconductors, Organic-Metals and Dielectrics
  • Charge Transport Physics
  • Materials and Device Physics
  • Sensors

University Degrees:

B.Sc. Physics at University of Technology Graz, Institute of Solid State Physics, 2005.

M.Sc., Dipl.-Ing. Physics at University of Technology Graz, Institute of Solid State Physics, 2007. Group of Prof. Emil List-Kratochvil.

Thesis (Diplomarbeit)  title: Stability Studies on Air-stable Organic Field-Effect Transistors with Poly(triphenylamines) as Active Layer Materials.


Ph.D. Materials Science, Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), 2011. Group of Prof. Jaume Veciana, Supervision of Prof. Concepció Rovira and Dr. Marta Mas-Torrent.

Thesis Title: Organic Electronics based on Tetrathiafulvalene-Derivatives: Organic Field-Effect Transistors and Sensors.

Most significative academic merits:

Juan de la Cierva incorporación, ICMAB-CSIC, 2017.

Beatriu de Pinós fellowship, Marie Curie Cofund, Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR), group of Prof. Zhenan Bao, Stanford University, 2015.

Tech Transfer through researchers mobility (TECNIOspring), Marie Curie Cofund, group of Prof. Zhenan Bao, Stanford University, 2014.

Prototyping in the Micro-Nano-Scale (ProMiNaS), Marie Curie Action Project, group of Prof. Nir Tessler, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, 2009.

Functional Materials for Storage, Sensing, Electronics and Catalysis (FuMaSSEC), Marie Curie Early stage training (Est), group of Prof. Jaume Veciana, ICMAB-CISC, 2007.







Best paper award, First International Conference Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, Venice, 2010.

Finalist of best poster award: Materials Research Society (MRS), Boston, US, 2015.

Scientific Highlights:

Dual‐Gate Organic Field‐Effect Transistor for pH Sensors with Tunable Sensitivity, R. Pfattner, A. M. Foudeh, S. Chen, W. Niu, J. R. Matthews, M. He and Z. Bao, Adv. Electr. Mater., 5, 1800381, 2019. DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201800381

On the Working Mechanisms of Solid‐State Double‐Layer‐Dielectric‐Based Organic Field‐Effect Transistors and Their Implication for Sensors, R. Pfattner, A. M. Foudeh, C. Liong, L. Bettinson, A. C. Hinckley, D. Kong and Z. Bao, Adv. Electr. Mater., 4, 1700326, 2018. DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201700326

A Highly Sensitive Pyroresistive All-Organic Infrared Bolometer, R. Pfattner, V. Lebedev, E. Laukhina, S. C. Kumar, A. Esteban-Martin, V. Ramaiah-Badarla, M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, F. P. García de Arque, G. Konstantatos, V. Laukhin, C. Rovira and J. Veciana, Adv. Electr. Mater., 1, 1500090, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201500090

Photo-induced intramolecular charge transfer in an ambipolar field-effect transistor based on a π-conjugated donor–acceptor dyad, R. Pfattner, E. Pavlica, M. Jaggi, S.-X. Liu, S. Decurtins, G. Bratina, J. Veciana, M. Mas-Torrent and C. Rovira, J. Mater. Chem. C, 1, 3985-3988, 2013. DOI: 10.1039/C3TC30442F

High-Performance Single Crystal Organic Field-Effect Transistors Based on Two Dithiophene-Tetrathiafulvalene (DT-TTF) Polymorphs, R. Pfattner, M. Mas-Torrent, I. Bilotti, A. Brillante, S. Milita, F. Liscio, F. Biscarini, T. Marszalek, J. Ulanski, A. Nosal, M. Gazicki-Lipman, M. Leufgen, G. Schmidt, L. W. Molenkamp, V. Laukhin, J. Veciana and C. Rovira, Adv. Mater., 22, 4198-4203, 2010. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201001446

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