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Organic electronics is a branch of electronics that deals with conductive polymers, or plastics. It is called 'organic' electronics because the molecules in the polymer are carbon-based, like the molecules of living things. This is as opposed to traditional electronics which relies on inorganic conductors such as copper or silicon. Conductive polymers are lighter, more flexible, and less expensive than inorganic conductors. This makes them a desirable alternative in many applications. It also creates the possibility of new applications that would be impossible using copper or silicon. New applications include [[smart windows]] and [[electronic paper]]. Conductive polymers are expected to play an important role in the emerging science of [[molecular computing]]. Conductive polymers conduct electricity slowly and inefficiently, as compared to inorganic conductors. For many applications, inorganic conductors will remain the only viable option. Conductive properties of plastics were first discovered in the late 1970s. The men principally responsible for their discovery and development were [[Alan J. Heeger]], [[Alan G. MacDiarmid]], and [[Hideki Shirakawa]], who were jointly awarded the [[NobelPrize/Chemistry|Nobel Prize for Chemistry]] in 2000.