Experimental Study and Statistical Analysis of Solution-Shearing Processed Organic Transistors Based on an Asymmetric Small-Molecule Semiconductor
ABSTRACT Solution processed organic field-effect transistors (SPOFETs) are crucial for realizing low-cost large-area/ubiquitous flexible electronics. Currently, both soluble high-mobility organic semiconductors and efficient solution processes are in demand. In this paper, we report the systematic experimental study and statistical modeling/analysis for the SPOFETs based on an asymmetric small-molecule organic semiconductor, trimethyl-[2, 2'; 5', 2''; 5'', 2'''] quarter-thiophen-5-yl-silane (4 T-TMS), which was deposited as the active layer through a recently developed low-temperature solution-shearing process. Three-dimensional statistical modeling and analysis bas ed on 46 different processing conditions was used to comprehensively study the solution-shearing process control and optimization for fabricating high-performance 4T-TMS SPOFETs. Various effects including solution concentration effect, shearing speed effect, and deposition temperature effect were investigated and discussed. Under optimized processing conditions, well-oriented crystalline 4 T-TMS thin films were deposited for the SPOFETs, which showed remarkable effective field-effect mobility up to 0.3 cm2/V middots in the saturation region and current on/off ratios over 106. Gaussian fitted uniformity and good air stability of these devices stored and tested under ambient conditions for six months suggest that 4 T-TMS SPOFETs based on the optimized solution-shearing process are promising for applications in organic electronic circuits and displays. Importantly, the systematic experiment design and the corresponding statistical modeling/analysis presented here provide a general guideline for process optimization for fabricating high-performance SPOFETs.
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ABSTRACT: A simple direct patterning method for solution-processable organic semiconductors (OSCs) is demonstrated. The solution-wettable and nonwettable regions of a polymer gate dielectric layer were selectively controlled by a short tetrafluoromethane gas plasma treatment, and we precisely patterned the OSC film in the desired channel region by lamination coating. The patterned OSC films represent polycrystalline structures consisting of crystalline domains varying from 30 to 60 μm, and the resulting short-channel thin-film transistor (TFT) showed a high mobility of up to 1.3 cm2/Vs, a large on/off ratio over 108, and a negligible hysteresis curve. The proposed method is scalable for patterning TFT arrays with large-area dimensions.Applied Physics Letters 04/2013; 6(4). · 3.52 Impact Factor
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