Polymers for Optoelectronic Applications via Enzymatic Resolution of Chiral Monomers

Period of Performance: 09/25/1995 - 09/25/1997

$740K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Molecular Optoelectronics Corp.
877 25th Street
Watervliet, NY 12189
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Organic polymers are potentially ideal optical and nonlinear optical (NLO) materials for integrated optoelectronic devices due to their demonstrated compatibility with semiconductor electronics technology, their processability, and their large capacity for engineered properties. In addition, large aperture devices having inherent mechanical strength, and very thin film applications are possible due to the widely varying polymer physical properties and processing technologies. In this program we describe methods that allow us to bring the additional variable of optical polarization, inherent to the polymer matrix, within the control of the materials scientist and applications design engineer. We have demonstrated that economical enzymatic processes can be applied to produce optically pure chiral monomers, and that these monomers are useful in the fabrication of novel polymeric optical materials. This proposal describes a program to synthesize a broad selection of these materials and to fully characterize their linear and nonlinear optical properties.