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Oana Jurchescu - Wake Forest University. Winston-Salem, NC, US

Oana Jurchescu Oana Jurchescu

Associate Professor of Physics | Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC, UNITED STATES

Jurchescu’s expertise is in the structure and electronic properties of organic semiconductors.


Oana Jurchescu’s expertise is in the structure and electronic properties of organic and organic/inorganic hybrid semiconductors, as well as the fabrication and characterization of devices for nano and macroelectronics. Her current research focuses on organic and hybrid electronics, a technology which has the potential to address unique applications, such as artificial skin, smart bandages, flexible displays, wearable electronics, and more. Jurchescu focuses on understanding the fundamental properties of these materials and the operation of devices and on integrating them with various technologies addressing large-area electronics.

Her research has gained international recognition due to its vast implications for the future of electronics and technology. Jurchescu’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her work has been published in more than 50 publications.

Areas of Expertise (16)

Flexible Plastics

Organic Electronics



Organic Semiconductors

Organic Devices

Physics of Organic Semiconductor Devices

Organic Spintronics

Functional Organic Materials

Structure-Property Correlations

Organic Thin-Film Transistors

Organic Field-Effect Transistors

Organic Single Crystals

Perovskite Electronics

Perovskite Thin-Film Transistors

Charge Transfer Complexes





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Accomplishments (8)

WFU Award for Excellence in Research (professional)

This award is presented annually to an outstanding young scholar in the College who is either an assistant professor or is in his or her fourth year or less as an associate professor. The award’s monetary prize is made possible through support from the Alumni Association.

Featured in J. Mater. Chem. C's Emerging Investigators Issue (professional)

Featured in J. Mater. Chem. C's Emerging Investigators Issue, which highlights the best work from material scientists in the early stages of their independent career.

Wake Forest Innovation award (professional)

The Wake Forest Innovation award recognizes research achievements and contributions by the recipient in their field.

National Science Foundation CAREER Award (professional)

A NSF CAREER award is the most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Wake Forest University Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching (professional)

The Wake Forest University Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching recognizes a faculty member in the College in the early part of his or her career.

Wake Forest University Faculty Endowment Fund Fellowship for outstanding work in teaching, research and service. (professional)

The Faculty Endowment Fund Fellowship award is for a two-year period in recognition of the recipient's outstanding work in the classroom, in research, and in service.

Creative and Research Activities Development and Enrichment Fellowship work in teaching, research and service (professional)

CRADLE fellows receive assistance from both internal and external consultants to improve their grantsmanship and to articulate a five-year career plan that incorporates proven strategies for developing and funding superior research and creative activities.

ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (professional)

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

Education (3)

University of Groningen (The Netherlands): Ph.D., Physics

University of Timisoara (Romania): M.S., Physics

University of Timisoara (Romania): B.S., Physics

Media Appearances (2)

Solar cell material for transistors holds promise

EE Times  


The early attempts to make field-effect transistors (FETs) from the material, however, had "limited success" according to professor Oana Jurchescu at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) who also claims to head "the first research group to successfully make complementary FETs from halide-perovskite," ...

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High performance semiconductor spray paint could be a game changer for organic electronics

Phys Org  


Oana Jurchescu, an assistant professor of physics, and a team of researchers developed a high performance organic semiconductor 'spray paint' that can be applied to large surface areas without losing electric conductivity. This is a potentially game changing technology for a number of reasons...

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Articles (5)

Interface-Controlled, High-Mobility Organic Transistors Advanced Materials

Electronic devices based on organic semiconductors have gained considerable industrial and academic interest in recent years. Organic materials present new semiconductors for flexible, low-cost, and light-weight electronic devices. Pentacene has become a prominent choice for both industrial applications as well as fundamental studies...

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Low-temperature structure of rubrene single crystals grown by vapor transport Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science

We report the crystal structure of rubrene, C42H28 (5, 6, 11, 12-tetraphenyltetracene), in the temperature interval 100–300 K. The crystals are grown by physical vapor transport in an open system. The crystal structure is orthorhombic over the entire temperature range...

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Electronic transport properties of pentacene single crystals upon exposure to air Applied Physics Letters

We report the effect of air exposure on the electronic properties of pentacene single crystals. Air can diffuse reversibly in and out of the crystals and influences the physical properties. We discern two competing mechanisms that modulate the electronic transport. The presence ...

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The effect of impurities on the mobility of single crystal pentacene Conrnell University

We have obtained a hole mobility for the organic conductor pentacene of 35 cm2/Vs at room temperature increasing to 58 cm2/Vs at 225K. These high mobilities result from a purification process in which 6,13-pentacenequinone was removed by vacuum sublimation...

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Orbital-Order-Induced Metal-Insulator Transition in L a 1− x C ax M n O 3 Physical Review Letters

We present evidence that the insulator-to-metal transition in L a 1− x C ax M n O 3 near x∼ 0.2 is driven by the suppression of coherent Jahn-Teller distortions, originating from d-type orbital ordering. The orbital-ordered state is characterized by large long-range Q 2 ...

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