Engineers from the Queensland University of Technology have created a semiconductor by combining naphthalene with a pigment best known for its use in Ferrari paint.
The new material can be used for electronics and biosensing, and contains Dikotopyrrolo Pyrrole (DPP) pigment — also known as Ferrari Red.
“The dye’s versatility opens its application as an active semiconductor,” said Associate Professor Prashant Sonar, who led the research into the material.
“This new dye is not only capable of exhibiting as a semiconductor in organic transistor devices, but can also be used as important highly efficient charge transport material for perovskite solar cells.”
It is the chemical structure of DPP rather than its striking colour that makes it effective.
“Conjugated Red pigments are fused aromatic organic compounds which exhibit a crystalline nature due to their easy stacking, which is beneficial for transporting charges when used in various devices,” Sonar said.