Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Furan-Based Compounds for Organic Electronic Materials

Posted by Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew UniversityResponsive · Innovative Products and Technologies · Israel

Summary of the technology

This project discloses a synthetic method and the composition of a 2nd generation family of furan-based materials that have shown excellent electronic properties - relevant for printed electronics, flexible electronics etc.
Project ID : 9-2018-4568

Description of the technology


Chemistry & Materials


Organic materials, electronics, functional materials, synthesis, devices, optoelectronics

Current development stage

General list: TRL3 Experimental proof of concept


Organic semiconductors are of immense commercial interest. This class of materials can replace the more well-known inorganic semiconductors which are pervasive in modern life but nevertheless are poor choices for a broad set of applications including flexibile displays, wearables, printable electronics, energy, and general lighting. These materials can be processed using wet deposition methods.

Our Innovation

  • The furan-based material is soluble, conjugated and exhibits robust fluorescence (~10x higher than thiophene analogs).
  • Shows significantly higher stability to photooxidation relative to parent furans which is critical for performance and material lifetime.
  • Emission across the whole visible spectrum


The research group has obtained a facile synthetic route to a stable building unit under ambient conditions.


There is massive interest in organic electronics for use in optoelectronic devices. The performance demands from such materials are daunting, and new materials such as these furan-based oligomers are strong candidates to meet these requirements. Organic electronic materials are critical for next-generation displays for wearables, flexible displays and printed electronics. The family of materials described here are promising building blocks for upcoming devices based on high performance organic-light emitting diodes.

Project manager

Matt Zarek

Project researchers

Ori Gidron
HUJI, Faculty of Science
The Institute of Chemistry

Related keywords

  • Materials Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemicals and Materials
  • Chemistry & Materials

About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

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Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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