Importance of solubilizing group and backbone planarity in low band gap polymers for high performance ambipolar field-effect transistors

Joong Suk Lee, Seon Kyoung Son, Sanghoon Song, Hyunjung Kim, Dong Ryoul Lee, Kyungkon Kim, Min Jae Ko, Dong Hoon Choi, Bong Soo Kim, Jeong Ho Cho

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Abstract

We investigated the performance of ambipolar field-effect transistors based on a series of alternating low band gap polymers of oligothiophene and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP). The polymers contain oligothiophene units of terthiophene [T3] and thiophenethienothiophene-thiophene [T2TT] and DPP units carrying branched alkyl chains of 2-hexyldecyl [HD] or 2-octyldodecyl [OD]. The structural variation allows us to do a systematic study on the relationship between the interchain stacking/ordering of semiconducting polymers and their resulting device performance. On the basis of synchrotron X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy measurements on polymer films, we found that longer branched alkyl side chains, i.e., OD, and longer and more planar oligothiophene, i.e., T2TT, generate the more crystalline structures. Upon thermal annealing, the crystallinity of the polymers was largely improved, and polymers containing a longer branched alkyl chain responded faster because longer alkyl chains have larger cohesive forces than shorter chains. For all the polymers, excellent ambipolar behavior was observed with a maximum hole and electron mobility of 2.2 and 0.2 cm 2 V -1 ss, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1316-1323
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume24
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 1

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Field effect transistors
Polymers
Energy gap
Semiconducting polymers
Thiophenes
Hole mobility
Electron mobility
Thiophene
Synchrotrons
Polymer films
Atomic force microscopy
Annealing
Crystalline materials
X ray diffraction

Keywords

  • Ambipolar transistors
  • Crystalline structure
  • High carrier mobility
  • Low band gap polymers
  • Polymer field-effect transistors

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)
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Importance of solubilizing group and backbone planarity in low band gap polymers for high performance ambipolar field-effect transistors. / Lee, Joong Suk; Son, Seon Kyoung; Song, Sanghoon; Kim, Hyunjung; Lee, Dong Ryoul; Kim, Kyungkon; Ko, Min Jae; Choi, Dong Hoon; Kim, Bong Soo; Cho, Jeong Ho.

In: Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 24, No. 7, 01.06.2012, p. 1316-1323.

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Lee, Joong Suk ; Son, Seon Kyoung ; Song, Sanghoon ; Kim, Hyunjung ; Lee, Dong Ryoul ; Kim, Kyungkon ; Ko, Min Jae ; Choi, Dong Hoon ; Kim, Bong Soo ; Cho, Jeong Ho. / Importance of solubilizing group and backbone planarity in low band gap polymers for high performance ambipolar field-effect transistors. In: Chemistry of Materials. 2012 ; Vol. 24, No. 7. pp. 1316-1323.
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