High-Performance Quantum Dot Thin-Film Transistors with Environmentally Benign Surface Functionalization and Robust Defect Passivation

Su Min Jung, Han Lim Kang, Jong Kook Won, Jaehyun Kim, Chahwan Hwang, Kyunghan Ahn, In Chung, Byeong Kwon Ju, Myung Gil Kim, Sung Kyu Park

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The recent development of high-performance colloidal quantum dot (QD) thin-film transistors (TFTs) has been achieved with removal of surface ligand, defect passivation, and facile electronic doping. Here, we report on high-performance solution-processed CdSe QD-TFTs with an optimized surface functionalization and robust defect passivation via hydrazine-free metal chalcogenide (MCC) ligands. The underlying mechanism of the ligand effects on CdSe QDs has been studied with hydrazine-free ex situ reaction derived MCC ligands, such as Sn2S64-, Sn2Se64-, and In2Se42-, to allow benign solution-process available. Furthermore, the defect passivation and remote n-type doping effects have been investigated by incorporating indium nanoparticles over the QD layer. Strong electronic coupling and solid defect passivation of QDs could be achieved by introducing electronically active MCC capping and thermal diffusion of the indium nanoparticles, respectively. It is also noteworthy that the diffused indium nanoparticles facilitate charge injection not only inter-QDs but also between source/drain electrodes and the QD semiconductors, significantly reducing contact resistance. With benign organic solvents, the Sn2S64-, Sn2Se64-, and In2Se42- ligand based QD-TFTs exhibited field-effect mobilities exceeding 4.8, 12.0, and 44.2 cm2/(V s), respectively. The results reported here imply that the incorporation of MCC ligands and appropriate dopants provide a general route to high-performance, extremely stable solution-processed QD-based electronic devices with marginal toxicity, offering compatibility with standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor processing and large-scale on-chip device applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3739-3749
Number of pages11
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 31


  • cadmium-selenide
  • doping
  • field-effect transistor
  • high mobility
  • metal chalcogenide
  • nonhydrazine
  • quantum dots
  • thermal diffusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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