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Title: Air-stable solution-processed n-channel organic thin film transistors with polymerenhanced morphology

N,N 0-1H,1H-perfluorobutyl dicyanoperylenecarboxydiimide (PDIF-CN 2) is an n-type semiconductor exhibiting high electron mobility and excellent air stability. However, the reported electron mobility based on spin-coated PDIF-CN 2 film is much lower than the value of PDIF-CN 2 single crystals made from vapor phase deposition, indicating significant room for mobility enhancement. In this study, various insulating polymers, including poly(vinyl alcohol), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and poly(alpha-methylstyrene) (PaMS), are pre-coated on silicon substrate aiming to enhance the morphology of the PDIF-CN 2 thin film, thereby improving the charge transport and air stability. Atomic force microscopy images reveal that with the pre-deposition of PaMS or PMMA polymers, the morphology of the PDIF-CN 2 polycrystalline films is optimized in semiconducting crystal connectivity, domain size, and surface roughness, which leads to significant improvement of organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) performance. Particularly, an electron mobility of up to 0.55 cm 2/V s has been achieved from OTFTs based on the PDIF-CN 2 film with the pre-deposition of PaMS polymer.
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  1. Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 18; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States