A team of researchers have made a breakthrough in developing a derivative of nonacene for use in electronic devices, which had previously been too unstable for semiconductors.
Professor Glen Miller, who lead the team at the University of New Hampshire, explained that nonacene has "very desirable" properties in terms of electronics, but nobody was able to use it.
He pointed out that the development suggests new potential for the design of flexible organic electronic items or solar cells.
Professor Miller described the study as a "major step forward" and claimed that the new compound could improve related technologies.
"Before our work, the thought of preparing flexible organic electronic devices using nonacene or a nonacene derivative was just a dream," he remarked.
The report, published in the January edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society suggested that the item could also be used for radio frequency tags.
Last week, a group of Princeton scientists claimed that the key to magnetism in semiconductors could be in the complex patterns formed by electrons.