Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Antoine Kahn

Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Room: B420 Engineering Quadrangle
Phone: 609-258-4642
Webpage: Kahn Lab:


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1978
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 1976
  • Diploma of Engineer in Electronics, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, 1974

Our research programs center on the electronic, chemical, structural and electrical properties of materials relevant to thin-film electronic devices. My research interests span a range of semiconductor materials (elemental and compounds), but my current research focuses on organic molecular and polymer semiconductors, metals and metal oxides, and dielectrics developed for applications in organic and molecular electronics. Our group is particularly interested in engineering materials and interfaces that improve the performance of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), field effect transistors (OFETs), organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs), and other thin-film devices applicable to large-area, flexible electronics. The quasi-infinite possibilities for chemical synthesis of new molecular compounds, combined with the unmatched ease of fabrication of organic semiconductor films by vacuum evaporation, liquid processing or printing on a variety of substrates, give organic semiconductors key advantages over other semiconductor materials, and open tremendous opportunities for innovation in device structures. Our research spans fundamental issues of electron-hole interaction in molecular semiconductors; quasi-epitaxial growth of molecular films; chemistry and electronic structure of metal-organic and organic-organic heterojunctions; physics, implementation and impact of chemical (n- and p-) doping to control conductivity and carrier injection. Our group is involved in extensive collaborations with synthetic chemists, theoreticians, and device physicists in the US, Asia, and Europe, in academia, national laboratories, and industry. Our approach involves a variety of spectroscopic techniques for determining electronic structures, charge carrier transport measurements, morphological and structural tools, and device fabrication.

Honors and Awards

  • Weston Visiting Professorships, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (2009-2012)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (elected, 2002)
  • Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (elected, 1999)
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation), 1984-1989.

Selected Publications

  1. Air-processible low work function electrodes for printed electronics, Y. Zhou, C. Fuentes-Hernandez, J. Shim, J. Meyer, A. J. Giordano, H. Li, P. Winget, T. Papadopoulos, H. Cheun, J. Kim, M. Fenoll, W. Haske, E. Najafabadi, S. Barlow, J.-L. Brédas, S. R. Marder, A. Kahn, and B. Kippelen, Science 336, 327 (2012)

  2. Energy level alignment in PCDTBT:PC70BM solar cells: solution processed NiOx for improved hole collection and efficiency, Erin L. Ratcliff, Jens Meyer, K. Xerxes Steirer, Neal R. Armstrong, Dana Olson, and Antoine Kahn, Org. Electr. 13, 744 (2012)

  3. n-Doping of Organic Electronic Materials Using Air-Stable Organometallics, Song Guo, Sang Bok Kim, Swagat Mohapatra, Yabing Qi, Tissa Sajoto, Antoine Kahn, Seth R. Marder, Stephen Barlow, Adv. Mat. 24, 699 (2012)

  4. Air-stable n-dopant for solution-doping of organic semiconductors, Yabing Qi, Song Guo, Tissa Sajoto, Sang Bok Kim, Swagat Mohapatra, Stephen Barlow, Seth R. Marder, and Antoine Kahn, Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 083305 (2012)

  5. Inverted organic solar cells with sol-gel processed high work-function vanadium oxide hole-extraction layers, Kirill Zilberberg, Sara Trost, Jens Meyer, Antoine Kahn, Andreas Behrendt, Dirk Lützenkirchen-Hecht, Ronald Frahm and Thomas Riedl, Adv. Funct. Mat. 21, 4776 (2011)

  6. Enhanced efficiency in plastic solar cells via energy matched solution-processed NiOx interlayers, K. Xerxes Steirer, Paul Ndione, N. Edwin Widjonarko, Matthew T. Lloyd, Jens Meyer, Erin Ratcliff, Antoine Kahn, Neal R. Armstrong, Calvin J. Curtis, David S. Ginley, Joseph J. Berry, and Dana C. Olson, Adv. Energy Mat. 1, 813 (2011)

  7. Filled and empty states of alkanethiol monolayer on Au (111): Fermi level asymmetry and implications for electron transport, Yabing Qi, Omer Yaffe, Einat Tirosh, Ayelet Vilan, David Cahen, and Antoine Kahn, Chem. Phys. Lett. 511, 344 (2011)

  8. Electronic structure of the poly(3-hexylthiophene):indene-C60 bisadduct bulk heterojunction, Ze-Lei Guan, Jong Bok Kim, Yueh-Lin Loo, and Antoine Kahn, J. Appl. Phys. 110, 043719 (2011)

  9. Electronic structure of Vanadium pentoxide: An efficient hole injector for organic electronic materials, J. Meyer, K. Zilberberg, T. Riedl, and A. Kahn, J. Appl. Phys. 110, 033710 (2011)

  10. Remote doping of Pentacene OFET Channel: Control via Molecular Level Engineering, Wei Zhao, Yabing Qi, T. Sajoto, Stephen Barlow, Seth R. Marder, and Antoine Kahn, Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 123305 (2010)

  11. Molecular-scale properties of MoO3-doped pentacene, Sieu D. Ha, Jens Meyer and Antoine Kahn, Phys. Rev. B 82, 155434 (2010)

  12. MoO3 Films Spin-coated from Nanoparticle Suspension for Efficient Hole-Injection in Organic Electronics, Jens Meyer, Rebecca Khalandovsky, Patrick Görrn and Antoine Kahn, Adv. Mat. 23, 70 (2011)

  13. Relative permittivity and Hubbard U of pentacene extracted from STM studies of p-doped films, Sieu D. Ha, Yabing Qi, and Antoine Kahn, Chem. Phys. Lett. 495, 212 (2010)

  14. Direct determination of the electronic structure of the poly(3-hexylthiophene) : phenyl-[6,6]-C61 butyric acid methyl ester blend, Zelei Guan, Jongbok Kim, Yueh-Lin Loo, and Antoine Kahn, Org. Elect. 11, 1779 (2010)

  15. A molybdenum dithiolene complex as a p-dopant for organic semiconductors: a detailed study by UPS, IPES, XPS, RBS, and variable-temperature conductivity measurement, Y. Qi, T. Sajoto, M. Kröger, A. Kandabarow, W. Park, S. Barlow, E.-G. Kim, L. Wielunski, L. C. Feldman, R. A. Bartynski, J.-L. Brédas, S. R. Marder, and A. Kahn, Chem. Mat. 22, 524 (2010)