Advanced Materials

Molecular Materials I. Molecular materials mimic inorganic network solids


  • Dr. Joel S. Miller

    1. Central Research & Development Department, Experimental Station E328, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company P.O. Box 80328, Wilmington, DE 19880-0328 (USA)
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    • received his Ph.D. from UCLA (1971). After a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University he joined the Xerox Webster Research Center in 1972 and in 1978 the Occidental Research Corporation. In 1983 he joined the Central R & D Department at Du Pont where he is currently a Research Supervisor for solid state science. His research interests focus on the solid state properties of molecular compounds and charge transfer complexes with unusual magnetic, electrical, and optical properties as well as the surface modification of solids. In addition to holding patents he has edited six monographs and published over 180 papers. He will write on a regular basis for Advanced Materials.


Functional organic materials have been developed over the last twenty-five years which compete for applications in optical, electrical and magnetic technologies with the more traditional inorganic network solids. In the first article of a regular series Joel Miller of DuPont describes some applications of these molecular materials, warns of some of the pitfalls involved and sets the scene for his future articles.