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  1. High Performance Airbrushed Organic Thin Film Transistors

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    Chan, C.; Richter, L; Dinardo, B; Jaye, C; Conrad, B; Ro, H; Germack, D; Fischer, D; DeLongchamp, D; Gunlach, D

    2010-01-01

    Spray-deposited poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) transistors were characterized using electrical and structural methods. Thin-film transistors with octyltrichlorosilane treated gate dielectrics and spray-deposited P3HT active layers exhibited a saturation regime mobility as high as 0.1 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}, which is comparable to the best mobilities observed in high molecular mass P3HT transistors prepared using other methods. Optical and atomic force microscopy showed the presence of individual droplets with an average diameter of 20 {micro}m and appreciable large-scale film inhomogeneities. Despite these inhomogeneities, near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy of the device-relevant channel interface indicated excellent orientation of the P3HT.

  2. Organic thin film transistors: from active materials to novel applications

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    Torsi, L.; Cioffi, N.; Di Franco, C.; Sabbatini, L.; Zambonin, P. G.; Bleve-Zacheo, T.

    2001-08-01

    In this paper, a bird's eye view of most of the organic materials employed as n-channel and p-channel transistor active layers is given along with the relevant device performances; organic thin film transistors (OTFT) operation regimes are discussed and an interesting perspective application of OTFT as multi-parameter gas sensor is proposed.

  3. Polycrystalline organic thin film transistors for advanced chemical sensing

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    Torsi, Luisa; Tanese, Maria C.; Cioffi, Nicola; Sabbatini, Luigia; Zambonin, Pier G.

    2003-11-01

    Organic thin-film transistors have seen a dramatic improvement of their performance in the last decade. They have been also proposed as gas sensors. This paper deals with the interesting new aspects that polycrystalline based conducting polymer transistors present when operated as chemical sensors. Such devices are capable to deliver multi-parameter responses that are also extremely repeatable and fast at room temperature. Interesting are also the perspectives for their use as chemically selective devices in array type sensing systems.

  4. Thin-film transistors based on organic conjugated semiconductors

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    Garnier, Francis

    1998-02-01

    The use of organic semiconductors as active layers in thin-film transistors has raised in the recent years a large interest, both for the fundamental understanding of the charge transport processes in organic materials, and also for the potential applications of these devices in the new field of flexible electronics. Short conjugated oligomers have been shown to possess much higher field-effect mobilities than their parent conjugated polymers. The origin of such increase in the efficiency of charge transport is mainly attributed to the close-packing and long-range structural organization displayed in thin films of conjugated oligomers. The various routes for controlling this organization are described, which allow to realize liquid crystal-like two-dimensional structures for these semiconductors, whose carrier mobility has now become equivalent to that of amorphous silicon. It is also shown that the effect of conjugation length on carrier mobility is not as critical as previously thought, but the associated increase of the band gap energy effects the efficiency of charge injection at the metal/semiconductor interface. This problem can be answered by realizing a local doping of the semiconductor, which allows the injection of charge to operate through an efficient tunneling mechanism. Organic-based thin-film transistors have now become viable devices.

  5. Organic thin-film transistors for chemical and biological sensing.

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    Lin, Peng; Yan, Feng

    2012-01-01

    Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) show promising applications in various chemical and biological sensors. The advantages of OTFT-based sensors include high sensitivity, low cost, easy fabrication, flexibility and biocompatibility. In this paper, we review the chemical sensors and biosensors based on two types of OTFTs, including organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs), mainly focusing on the papers published in the past 10 years. Various types of OTFT-based sensors, including pH, ion, glucose, DNA, enzyme, antibody-antigen, cell-based sensors, dopamine sensor, etc., are classified and described in the paper in sequence. The sensing mechanisms and the detection limits of the devices are described in details. It is expected that OTFTs may have more important applications in chemical and biological sensing with the development of organic electronics. PMID:22102447

  6. Liquid crystals for organic thin-film transistors

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    Iino, Hiroaki; Usui, Takayuki; Hanna, Jun-Ichi

    2015-04-01

    Crystalline thin films of organic semiconductors are a good candidate for field effect transistor (FET) materials in printed electronics. However, there are currently two main problems, which are associated with inhomogeneity and poor thermal durability of these films. Here we report that liquid crystalline materials exhibiting a highly ordered liquid crystal phase of smectic E (SmE) can solve both these problems. We design a SmE liquid crystalline material, 2-decyl-7-phenyl-[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (Ph-BTBT-10), for FETs and synthesize it. This material provides uniform and molecularly flat polycrystalline thin films reproducibly when SmE precursor thin films are crystallized, and also exhibits high durability of films up to 200 °C. In addition, the mobility of FETs is dramatically enhanced by about one order of magnitude (over 10 cm2 V-1 s-1) after thermal annealing at 120 °C in bottom-gate-bottom-contact FETs. We anticipate the use of SmE liquid crystals in solution-processed FETs may help overcome upcoming difficulties with novel technologies for printed electronics.

  7. Printed organic thin-film transistor-based integrated circuits

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    Mandal, Saumen; Noh, Yong-Young

    2015-06-01

    Organic electronics is moving ahead on its journey towards reality. However, this technology will only be possible when it is able to meet specific criteria including flexibility, transparency, disposability and low cost. Printing is one of the conventional techniques to deposit thin films from solution-based ink. It is used worldwide for visual modes of information, and it is now poised to enter into the manufacturing processes of various consumer electronics. The continuous progress made in the field of functional organic semiconductors has achieved high solubility in common solvents as well as high charge carrier mobility, which offers ample opportunity for organic-based printed integrated circuits. In this paper, we present a comprehensive review of all-printed organic thin-film transistor-based integrated circuits, mainly ring oscillators. First, the necessity of all-printed organic integrated circuits is discussed; we consider how the gap between printed electronics and real applications can be bridged. Next, various materials for printed organic integrated circuits are discussed. The features of these circuits and their suitability for electronics using different printing and coating techniques follow. Interconnection technology is equally important to make this product industrially viable; much attention in this review is placed here. For high-frequency operation, channel length should be sufficiently small; this could be achievable with a combination of surface treatment-assisted printing or laser writing. Registration is also an important issue related to printing; the printed gate should be perfectly aligned with the source and drain to minimize parasitic capacitances. All-printed organic inverters and ring oscillators are discussed here, along with their importance. Finally, future applications of all-printed organic integrated circuits are highlighted.

  8. Chemical and biological sensing with organic thin-film transistors

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    Mabeck, Jeffrey Todd

    Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) offer a great deal of promise for applications in chemical and biological sensing where there is a demand for small, portable, and inexpensive sensors. OTFTs have many advantages over other types of sensors, including low-cost fabrication, straightforward miniaturization, simple instrumentation, and inherent signal amplification. This dissertation examines two distinct types of OTFTs: organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) based on pentacene, and organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) based on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The bulk of the previous work on sensing with OFETs has focused on gas sensing, and this dissertation contributes to this body of work by briefly treating the large, reversible response of pentacene OFETs to humidity. However, there are many applications where the analyte of interest must be detected in an aqueous environment rather than a gaseous environment, and very little work has been done in this area for OFETs. Therefore, the integration of pentacene OFETs with microfluidics is treated in detail. Using poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic channels to confine aqueous solutions over the active region of pentacene transistors, it is demonstrated that the current-voltage characteristics remain stable under aqueous flow with a decrease in mobility of ˜30% compared to its value when dry. The operation of PEDOT:PSS transistors is also treated in detail. It is demonstrated that their transistor behavior cannot be attributed solely to a field effect and that ion motion is key to the switching mechanism. It is also demonstrated that simple glucose sensors based on PEDOT:PSS OECTs are sensitive to low glucose concentrations below 1 mM, therefore showing promise for potential application in the field of noninvasive glucose monitoring for diabetic patients using saliva rather than blood samples. Furthermore, a novel microfluidic gating technique has been

  9. High performance small-molecule organic thin film transistors

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    Kuo, Chung-Chen

    The roadmap of developing microelectronics has a new branch: organic electronics. Organic electronics, which utilizes the electrical properties of organic materials in the active or passive layers, is an emerging technology that has received much attention. In conjunction with today's demands for new materials and devices, many technologies have emerged for developing organic electronics and consolidating applications and markets. An organic thin-film transistor is the essential device in this paradigm in addition to organic photodiodes and organic light emitting diodes. This thesis presents advances made in design and fabrication of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) using small-molecule organic semiconductors (pentacene, anthradithiophene, and their derivatives) as the active layer with record device performance. In this work OTFT test structures fabricated on oxidized silicon substrates were utilized to provide a convenient substrate, gate contact, and gate insulator for the processing and characterization of vapor-deposited organic materials and their transistors. By developing a gate dielectric treatment using silane coupling agents the performance and yield of pentacene OTFTs was improved and a field-effect mobility of larger than 2 cm2/V-s was achieved. Such device performance is comparable to a-Si:H TFTs and have the potential for electronic applications. In addition, the first direct photolithographic process for top contacts to pentacene OTFTs on oxidized silicon with an acceptable performance (a field-effect mobility of 0.3 cm2/V-s, an on/off current ratio of 10 7, and a subthreshold slope of 1 V/decade) was developed. The multiple layer photoresist process demonstrated the feasibility of creating source and drain metallic electrodes on vapor-deposited pentacene thin films with a resolution less than 10 mum. Subsequently, solution-processed OTFTs were then investigated and high performance transistors, with field-effect mobilities > 1 cm2/V-s and an

  10. Hysteresis in pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors

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    Gu, Gong; Kane, Michael G.

    2006-08-01

    Memory effects are commonly seen in organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) characteristics. In the absence of memory effects associated with the gate dielectric, the hysteresis in p-channel pentacene-based OTFTs, as measured in air and under illumination, was found to be dominated by trapped electrons, rather than trapped holes, in the semiconductor. The responsible acceptor type traps have very long lifetime. The immobile, previously stored negative charge requires extra holes to balance it, resulting in early establishment of the channel and extra drain current. This model is unique in that it discusses the majority carrier population influenced by trapped charge opposite in sign to the majority carriers in a simple electrostatic manner, to explain history dependence. The model was supported by drain current transient decay data. This memory effect is ambient and illumination sensitive. We studied the presence or absence of this effect under various ambient and illumination conditions, and found the responsible acceptor type traps mostly extrinsic and their formation reversible. Efforts were taken in the quantitative analysis to exclude the bias stress effect from the memory effect due to the charged acceptors.

  11. Charge carrier transport in polycrystalline organic thin film based field effect transistors

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    Rani, Varsha; Sharma, Akanksha; Ghosh, Subhasis

    2016-05-01

    The charge carrier transport mechanism in polycrystalline thin film based organic field effect transistors (OFETs) has been explained using two competing models, multiple trapping and releases (MTR) model and percolation model. It has been shown that MTR model is most suitable for explaining charge carrier transport in grainy polycrystalline organic thin films. The energetic distribution of traps determined independently using Mayer-Neldel rule (MNR) is in excellent agreement with the values obtained by MTR model for copper phthalocyanine and pentacene based OFETs.

  12. Organic ferroelectric gate field-effect transistor memory using high-mobility rubrene thin film

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    Kanashima, Takeshi; Katsura, Yuu; Okuyama, Masanori

    2014-01-01

    An organic ferroelectric gate field-effect transistor (FET) memory has been fabricated using an organic semiconductor of rubrene thin film with a high mobility and a gate insulating layer of poly(vinylidene fluoride-tetrafluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TeFE)] thin film. A rubrene thin-film sheet was grown by physical vapor transport (PVT), and placed onto a spin-coated P(VDF-TeFE) thin-film layer, and Au source and drain electrodes were formed on this rubrene thin film. A hysteresis loop of the drain current-gate voltage (ID-VG) characteristic has been clearly observed in the ferroelectric gate FET, and is caused by the ferroelectricity. The maximum drain current is 1.5 × 10-6 A, which is about two orders of magnitude larger than that of the P(VDF-TeFE) gate FET using a pentacene thin film. Moreover, the mobility of this organic ferroelectric gate FET using rubrene thin film is 0.71 cm2 V-1 s-1, which is 35 times larger than that of the FET with pentacene thin film.

  13. An asymmetric oligomer based on thienoacene for solution processed crystal organic thin-film transistors.

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    Tian, Hongkun; Han, Yang; Bao, Cheng; Yan, Donghang; Geng, Yanhou; Wang, Fosong

    2012-04-11

    A novel thienoacene-based conjugated oligomer, i.e.BTTT-T-C12, was designed and synthesized. Its highly asymmetric structural feature enables the preparation of two-dimensional single-crystalline thin films in millimetre size and ~100 nm thick by a solution processing method directly on the Si/SiO(2) substrate. Single crystal organic thin film transistors exhibit a mobility of 0.70 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and an on/off ratio of 5.7 × 10(4). PMID:22389169

  14. Solution-processed hybrid organic-inorganic complementary thin-film transistor inverter

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    Cheong, Heajeong; Kuribara, Kazunori; Ogura, Shintaro; Fukuda, Nobuko; Yoshida, Manabu; Ushijima, Hirobumi; Uemura, Sei

    2016-04-01

    We investigated hybrid organic-inorganic complementary inverters with a solution-processed indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) n-channel thin-film transistor (TFT) and p-channel TFTs using the high-uniformity polymer poly[2,5-bis(alkyl)pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrolo-1,4(2H,5H)-dione-alt-5,5-di(thiophene-2-yl)-2,2-(E)-2-(2-(thiophen-2-yl)vinyl)thiophene] (PDVT-10). The IGZO TFT was fabricated at 150 °C for 1 min. It showed a high field-effect mobility of 0.9 cm2·V-1·s-1 and a high on/off current ratio of 107. A hybrid complementary inverter was fabricated by combining IGZO with a PDVT-10 thin-film transistor and its operation was confirmed.

  15. Detection of saliva-range glucose concentrations using organic thin-film transistors

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    Elkington, D.; Belcher, W. J.; Dastoor, P. C.; Zhou, X. J.

    2014-07-01

    We describe the development of a glucose sensor through direct incorporation of an enzyme (glucose oxidase) into the gate of an organic thin film transistor (OTFT). We show that glucose diffusion is the key determinant of the device response time and present a mechanism of glucose sensing in these devices that involves protonic doping of the transistor channel via enzymatic oxidation of glucose. The integrated OTFT sensor is sensitive across 4 decades of glucose concentration; a range that encompasses both the blood and salivary glucose concentration levels. As such, this work acts as a proof-of-concept for low-cost printed biosensors for salivary glucose.

  16. Detection of saliva-range glucose concentrations using organic thin-film transistors

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    Elkington, D.; Belcher, W. J.; Dastoor, P. C.; Zhou, X. J.

    2014-07-28

    We describe the development of a glucose sensor through direct incorporation of an enzyme (glucose oxidase) into the gate of an organic thin film transistor (OTFT). We show that glucose diffusion is the key determinant of the device response time and present a mechanism of glucose sensing in these devices that involves protonic doping of the transistor channel via enzymatic oxidation of glucose. The integrated OTFT sensor is sensitive across 4 decades of glucose concentration; a range that encompasses both the blood and salivary glucose concentration levels. As such, this work acts as a proof-of-concept for low-cost printed biosensors for salivary glucose.

  17. Air-Flow Navigated Crystal Growth for TIPS Pentacene-Based Organic Thin-Film Transistors

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    He, Zhengran; Chen, Jihua; Sun, Zhenzhong; Szulczewski, Greg; Li, Dawen

    2012-01-01

    6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS pentacene) is a promising active channel material of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) due to its solubility, stability, and high mobility. However, the growth of TIPS pentacene crystals is intrinsically anisotropic and thus leads to significant variation in the performance of OTFTs. In this paper, air flow is utilized to effectively reduce the TIPS pentacene crystal anisotropy and enhance performance consistency in OTFTs, and the resulted films are examined with optical microscopy, grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction, and thin-film transistor measurements. Under air-flow navigation (AFN), TIPS pentacene drop-cast from toluene solution has been observed to form thin films with improved crystal orientation and increased areal coverage on substrates, which subsequently lead to a four-fold increase of average hole mobility and one order of magnitude enhancement in performance consistency defined by the ratio of average mobility to the standard deviation of the field-effect mobilities.

  18. Ordering of pentacene in organic thin film transistors induced by irradiation of infrared light

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    Wang, C. H.; Chen, S. W.; Hwang, J.

    2009-09-07

    The device performances of pentacene-based organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) were greatly improved by irradiation of infrared light. The field effect mobility and maximum drain current increase from 0.20{+-}0.01 to 0.57{+-}0.02 cm{sup 2}/V s and 1.14x10{sup -5} to 4.91x10{sup -5} A, respectively. The (001) peak of the pentacene 'thin film' phase increases in intensity by 4.5 times after infrared irradiation at 50 W for 2 h. Two types of crystal orientations, i.e., 'crystal I' (2{theta}=5.91 deg.) and 'crystal II' (2{theta}=5.84 deg.), coexist in the pentacene. The improvement of the characteristics of OTFTs is attributed to crystallization and crystal reorientation induced by infrared light.

  19. A water-gated organic thin film transistor as a sensor for water-borne amines.

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    Algarni, Saud A; Althagafi, Talal M; Naim, Abdullah Al; Grell, Martin

    2016-06-01

    The p-type semiconducting polymer Poly(2,5-bis(3-hexadecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) (PBTTT) displays innate sensitivity to water-borne amines. We demonstrate this with the help of water-gated PBTTT thin film transistors (TFTs). When octylamine is added to the gating water, TFTs respond with a significantly reduced saturated drain current. Underlying TFT drift is minimised by initial conditioning, and remaining drift can be accounted for by normalising current response to the current level under purge immediately before exposure. Normalised current response vs. amine concentration is reproducible between different transistors, and can be modelled by a Langmuir surface adsorption isotherm, which suggests physisorption of analyte at the PBTTT surface, rather than bulk penetration. Same PBTTT transistors do not respond to 1- octanol, confirming the specific affinity between amines and thiophene- based organic semiconductors. PMID:27130096

  20. Scanning gate study of organic thin-film field-effect transistor

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    Aoki, N.; Sudou, K.; Matsusaki, K.; Okamoto, K.; Ochiai, Y.

    2008-03-01

    Scanning gate microscopy (SGM) has been applied for a study of organic thin-film field effect transistor (OFET). In contrast to one-dimensional nano-material such a carbon nanonube or nano-structure such a quantum point contact, visualization a transport characteristic of OFET channel is basically rather difficult since the channel width is much larger than the size of the SGM tip. Nevertheless, Schottky barriers are successfully visualized at the boundary between the metal electrodes and the OFET channel at ambient atmosphere.

  1. All solution processed organic thin film transistor-backplane with printing technology for electrophoretic display

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    Lee, Myung W.; Song, C.K.

    2012-01-01

    In this study, solution processes were developed for backplane using an organic thin film transistor (OTFT) as a driving device for an electrophoretic display (EPD) panel. The processes covered not only the key device of OTFTs but also interlayer and pixel electrodes. The various materials and printing processes were adopted to achieve the requirements of devices and functioning layers. The performance of OTFT of the backplane was sufficient to drive EPD sheet by producing a mobility of 0.12 cm2/v x sec and on/off current ratio of 10(5).

  2. Ambipolar organic thin-film transistor-based nano-floating-gate nonvolatile memory

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    Han, Jinhua; Wang, Wei Ying, Jun; Xie, Wenfa

    2014-01-06

    An ambipolar organic thin-film transistor-based nano-floating-gate nonvolatile memory was demonstrated, with discrete distributed gold nanoparticles, tetratetracontane (TTC), pentacene as the floating-gate layer, tunneling layer, and active layer, respectively. The electron traps at the TTC/pentacene interface were significantly suppressed, which resulted in an ambipolar operation in present memory. As both electrons and holes were supplied in the channel and trapped in the floating-gate by programming/erasing operations, respectively, i.e., one type of charge carriers was used to overwrite the other, trapped, one, a large memory window, extending on both sides of the initial threshold voltage, was realized.

  3. Enhanced Performance Consistency in Nanoparticle/TIPS Pentacene-Based Organic Thin Film Transistors

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    He, Zhengran; Xiao, Kai; Durant, William Mark; Anthony, John E.; Kilbey, II, S Michael; Chen, Jihua; Li, Dawen

    2011-01-01

    In this study, inorganic silica nanoparticles are used to manipulate the morphology of 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)-pentacene (TIPS pentacene) thin films and the performance of solution-processed organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). This approach is taken to control crystal anisotropy, which is the origin of poor consistency in TIPS pentacene based OTFT devices. Thin film active layers are produced by drop-casting mixtures of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and TIPS pentacene. The resultant drop-cast films yield improved morphological uniformity at {approx}10% SiO{sub 2} loading, which also leads to a 3-fold increase in average mobility and nearly 4 times reduction in the ratio of measured mobility standard deviation ({mu}{sub Stdev}) to average mobility ({mu}{sub Avg}). Grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy as well as polarized optical microscopy are used to investigate the nanoparticle-mediated TIPS pentacene crystallization. The experimental results suggest that the SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles mostly aggregate at TIPS pentacene grain boundaries, and 10% nanoparticle concentration effectively reduces the undesirable crystal misorientation without considerably compromising TIPS pentacene crystallinity.

  4. Controlling the dimensionality of charge transport in organic thin-film transistors

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    Laiho, Ari; Herlogsson, Lars; Forchheimer, Robert; Crispin, Xavier; Berggren, Magnus

    2011-01-01

    Electrolyte-gated organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) can offer a feasible platform for future flexible, large-area and low-cost electronic applications. These transistors can be divided into two groups on the basis of their operation mechanism: (i) field-effect transistors that switch fast but carry much less current than (ii) the electrochemical transistors which, on the contrary, switch slowly. An attractive approach would be to combine the benefits of the field-effect and the electrochemical transistors into one transistor that would both switch fast and carry high current densities. Here we report the development of a polyelectrolyte-gated OTFT based on conjugated polyelectrolytes, and we demonstrate that the OTFTs can be controllably operated either in the field-effect or the electrochemical regime. Moreover, we show that the extent of electrochemical doping can be restricted to a few monolayers of the conjugated polyelectrolyte film, which allows both high current densities and fast switching speeds at the same time. We propose an operation mechanism based on self-doping of the conjugated polyelectrolyte backbone by its ionic side groups. PMID:21876143

  5. The Integration and Applications of Organic Thin Film Transistors and Ferroelectric Polymers

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    Hsu, Yu-Jen

    Organic thin film transistors and ferroelectric polymer (polyvinylidene difluoride) sheet material are integrated to form various sensors for stress/strain, acoustic wave, and Infrared (heat) sensing applications. Different from silicon-based transistors, organic thin film transistors can be fabricated and processed in room-temperature and integrated with a variety of substrates. On the other hand, polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) exhibits ferroelectric properties that are highly useful for sensor applications. The wide frequency bandwidth (0.001 Hz to 10 GHz), vast dynamic range (100n to 10M psi), and high elastic compliance (up to 3 percent) make PVDF a more suitable candidate over ceramic piezoelectric materials for thin and flexible sensor applications. However, the low Curie temperature may have impeded its integration with silicon technology. Organic thin film transistors, however, do not have the limitation of processing temperature, hence can serve as transimpedance amplifiers to convert the charge signal generated by PVDF into current signal that are more measurable and less affected by any downstream parasitics. Piezoelectric sensors are useful for a range of applications, but passive arrays suffer from crosstalk and signal attenuation which have complicated the development of array-based PVDF sensors. We have used organic field effect transistors, which are compatible with the low Curie temperature of a flexible piezoelectric polymer,PVDF, to monolithically fabricate transimpedance amplifiers directly on the sensor surface and convert the piezoelectric charge signal into a current signal which can be detected even in the presence of parasitic capacitances. The device couples the voltage generated by the PVDF film under strain into the gate of the organic thin film transistors (OFET) using an arrangement that allows the full piezoelectric voltage to couple to the channel, while also increasing the charge retention time. A bipolar detector is created by

  6. Transparent ambipolar organic thin film transistors based on multilayer transparent source-drain electrodes

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    Zhang, Nan; Hu, Yongsheng; Lin, Jie; Li, Yantao; Liu, Xingyuan

    2016-08-01

    A fabrication method for transparent ambipolar organic thin film transistors with transparent Sb2O3/Ag/Sb2O3 (SAS) source and drain electrodes has been developed. A pentacene/N,N'-ditridecylperylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic di-imide (PTCDI-C13) bilayer heterojunction is used as the active semiconductor. The electrodes are deposited by room temperature electron beam evaporation. The devices are fabricated without damaging the active layers. The SAS electrodes have high transmittance (82.5%) and low sheet resistance (8 Ω/sq). High performance devices with hole and electron mobilities of 0.3 cm2/V s and 0.027 cm2/V s, respectively, and average visible range transmittance of 72% were obtained. These transistors have potential for transparent logic integrated circuit applications.

  7. Influence of underneath pentacene thickness on performance of p-n heterojunction organic thin film transistors

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    Zhou, Jianlin; Jiang, Yuyu; Wang, Zhen; Hu, Shengdong; Gan, Ping; Shen, Xiaoqing

    2016-02-01

    Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) with heterojunction semiconducting layers composed of p-type pentacene and n-type fluorinated copper phthalocyanine (F16CuPc) have been fabricated. The influence of pentacene film thickness on performance of transistors is carefully investigated. It has been found that, with the increase of pentacene film thickness, the electron mobility increases at first and then decreases intensely. But the shift of VT is opposite comparing with electron mobility. The performance improvement can be attributed to the increase of free electron carriers by band bending at the pentacene/F16CuPc interface, and better F16CuPc film quality grown upon pentacene. Comparing with island growth-mode, layer-by-layer growth-mode of pentacene facilitates the growth of the upper F16CuPc film.

  8. Temperature Dependence of Field-Effect Mobility in Organic Thin-Film Transistors: Similarity to Inorganic Transistors.

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    Okada, Jun; Nagase, Takashi; Kobayashi, Takashi; Naito, Hiroyoshi

    2016-04-01

    Carrier transport in solution-processed organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) based on dioctylbenzothienobenzothiophene (C8-BTBT) has been investigated in a wide temperature range from 296 to 10 K. The field-effect mobility shows thermally activated behavior whose activation energy becomes smaller with decreasing temperature. The temperature dependence of field-effect mobility found in C8-BTBT is similar to that of others materials: organic semiconducting polymers, amorphous oxide semiconductors and hydrogenated amorphous silicon. These results indicate that hopping transport between isoenergetic localized states becomes dominated in a low temperature regime in these materials. PMID:27451607

  9. Electronic properties of organic thin film transistors with nanoscale tapered electrodes

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    Park, Jeongwon

    2008-10-01

    Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) have received increasing attention because of their potential applications in displays, optoelectronics, logic circuits, and sensors. Ultrathin OTFTs are of technical interest as a possible route toward reduced bias stress in standard OTFTs and enhanced sensitivity in chemical field-effect transistors (ChemFETs). ChemFETs are OTFTs whose output characteristics are sensitive to the presence of analytes via changes in the channel mobility and/or threshold voltage induced by analyte chemisorption onto the channel materials. The fundamental understanding of charge transport properties of organic thin-films is critical for the applications. OTFT has been demonstrated by many groups; however, there has been much less progress towards more reliable contact structure between organic materials and electrodes. This thesis investigates the electrical properties of metal phthalocyanine thin-film devices. In chapter 1, the basic electrical properties in OTFTs are reviewed. In chapter 2, we have investigated the microfabrication process of OTFTs to control the contact morphology and the charge transport properties of phthalocyanine thin-film devices. In chapter 3, the channel thickness dependence of the mobility was investigated in bottom-contact copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) OTFTs. The current-voltage characteristics of bottom contact CuPc OTFTs with low contact resistance fabricated by the bilayer photoresist lift-off process were analyzed to determine the mobility, threshold voltage and contact resistance. The independence of measured electronic properties from channel thickness is due to the contact resistance being negligible for all channel thicknesses. For practical applications, the aging and recovery process in CuPc OTFTs were investigated in chapter 4. An origin of the aging process on CuPc OTFTs has been investigated based on the responses of thick 1000ML CuPc OTFTs under a controlled atmosphere. The recovery process under 30

  10. Fabrication of water-stable organic transistors using crystalline rubrene thin-film and polymer-treated dielectric (Presentation Recording)

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    Kim, Jaejoon; Lee, Hyoek Moo; Cho, Sung Oh

    2015-10-01

    For the real application of organic electronics, stable operation of electronic devices in humid or aqueous condition is essential and desirable. However, most of organic semiconductors were very weak to the oxygen or water and especially, cannot be operated well in aqueous condition without an encapsulation. Here, we present water-stable organic thin-film transistors with highly crystallized rubrene and polymer-treated dielectrics. These high water-stability could be achieved by two factors. First, rubrene, a well-known p-type semiconducting material, showed high air and water stability after the crystallization of `abrupt heating'. By the fabrication and aqueous operation of rubrene thin film transistor, we could show the water stability of crystallized thin-film rubrene. Such high environmental stability is attributed to the fact that rubrene has comparatively low HOMO level of -5.4 eV and large bandgap energy of 3.2 eV and that the rubrene thin-film is composed of well-interconnected orthorhombic rubrene crystals. Second, the polymer-treatment of dielectrics can enhance long-term water stability of fabricated rubrene thin-film transistor. By the complete immersion test of transistors, we could characterize the increase of water-stability after the treatment of dielectrics with cross-linked polymer. For this purpose, polystyrene is cross-linked by electron irradiation and the water penetration into semiconductor/dielectric interface was decreased due to the decreased surface energy of polymer dielectric compared to the SiO₂. The fabricated rubrene thin-film transistors showed a field-effect mobility of ~0.5 cm2V-1s-1 and long-term stability under ambient and aqueous conditions. Also, we investigated their potential applications in chemical or bio sensors.

  11. Monolithically integrated, flexible display of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal driven by rubber-stamped organic thin-film transistors

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    Mach, P.; Rodriguez, S. J.; Nortrup, R.; Wiltzius, P.; Rogers, J. A.

    2001-06-04

    This letter describes the monolithic integration of rubber-stamped thin-film organic transistors with polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) to create a multipixel, flexible display with plastic substrates. We report the electro-optic switching behavior of the PDLCs as driven by the organic transistors, and we show that our displays operate robustly under flexing and have a contrast comparable to that of newsprint. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  12. Electrical mobility in organic thin-film transistors determined by noise spectroscopy

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    Bonavolontà, C.; Albonetti, C.; Barra, M.; Valentino, M.

    2011-11-01

    Organic field-effect transistors (OFET) based on both n-type (perylene derivative) and p-type (α-sexithiophene and pentacene) organic thin films are characterized using low-frequency noise spectroscopy to estimate the charge carrier mobility. The power spectral density shows that the exposure of OFET to air affects the thermal noise fluctuations and that the thermal noise RMS value depends on gate voltage. The power spectral density noise proves that the carrier mobility is gate-voltage dependent. Unlike the I-V measurements, the noise spectroscopy analysis demonstrates the dependence of the mobility on the carrier polarity. We discuss the charge mobility and transport mechanism of a pentacene device with and without electrodes functionalized by an octanethiol chain. The results show that in the functionalized device the carrier mobility is improved and does not depend on the high gate voltage.

  13. Molecular doping for control of gate bias stress in organic thin film transistors

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    Hein, Moritz P. Lüssem, Björn; Jankowski, Jens; Tietze, Max L.; Riede, Moritz K.; Zakhidov, Alexander A.; Leo, Karl; Fraunhofer COMEDD, Maria-Reiche-Str. 2, 01109 Dresden

    2014-01-06

    The key active devices of future organic electronic circuits are organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). Reliability of OTFTs remains one of the most challenging obstacles to be overcome for broad commercial applications. In particular, bias stress was identified as the key instability under operation for numerous OTFT devices and interfaces. Despite a multitude of experimental observations, a comprehensive mechanism describing this behavior is still missing. Furthermore, controlled methods to overcome these instabilities are so far lacking. Here, we present the approach to control and significantly alleviate the bias stress effect by using molecular doping at low concentrations. For pentacene and silicon oxide as gate oxide, we are able to reduce the time constant of degradation by three orders of magnitude. The effect of molecular doping on the bias stress behavior is explained in terms of the shift of Fermi Level and, thus, exponentially reduced proton generation at the pentacene/oxide interface.

  14. Air-stable solution-processed n-channel organic thin film transistors with polymerenhanced morphology

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    He, Zhengran; Shaik, Shoieb; Bi, Sheng; Chen, Jihua; Li, Dawen

    2015-05-04

    N,N0-1H,1H-perfluorobutyl dicyanoperylenecarboxydiimide (PDIF-CN2) is an n-type semiconductor exhibiting high electron mobility and excellent air stability. However, the reported electron mobility based on spin-coated PDIF-CN2 film is much lower than the value of PDIF-CN2 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-CN2 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 morphologymore » of the PDIF-CN2 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 cm2/V s has been achieved from OTFTs based on the PDIF-CN2 film with the pre-deposition of PaMS polymer.« less

  15. Air-stable solution-processed n-channel organic thin film transistors with polymerenhanced morphology

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    He, Zhengran; Shaik, Shoieb; Bi, Sheng; Chen, Jihua; Li, Dawen

    2015-05-04

    N,N0-1H,1H-perfluorobutyl dicyanoperylenecarboxydiimide (PDIF-CN2) is an n-type semiconductor exhibiting high electron mobility and excellent air stability. However, the reported electron mobility based on spin-coated PDIF-CN2 film is much lower than the value of PDIF-CN2 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-CN2 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-CN2 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 cm2/V s has been achieved from OTFTs based on the PDIF-CN2 film with the pre-deposition of PaMS polymer.

  16. Gate bias stress effects due to polymer gate dielectrics in organic thin-film transistors

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    Ng, Tse Nga; Daniel, Jürgen H.; Sambandan, Sanjiv; Arias, Ana-Claudia; Chabinyc, Michael L.; Street, Robert A.

    2008-02-01

    The operational stability of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) comprising bilayer polymer dielectric of poly(methylsilsesquioxane) (pMSSQ) and either the epoxy resin SU-8 or poly(4-vinyl phenol) was examined. Although not in direct contact with the semiconductor materials, the bottom dielectric layer did affect OTFT stability through water ion movement or charge injection inside the bottom dielectrics. In the comparison between our best polymer dielectric pMSSQ/SU-8 to the silicon oxide dielectric, the result emphasized that, at equal initial charge concentration, polymer dielectrics did not alleviate threshold-voltage shift but did maintain more stable current due to the lower gate capacitance than silicon oxide.

  17. High performance organic thin film transistor with phenyltrimethoxysilane-modified dielectrics

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    Yuan, Guang Cai; Xu, Zheng; Gong, Cheng; Cai, Qin Jia; Lu, Zhi Song; Shi, Jing Sheng; Zhang, Fu Jun; Zhao, Su Ling; Xu, Na; Li, Chang Ming

    2009-04-01

    In this work, fabrication of organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) using a phenyltrimethoxysilane (PhTMS) modified SiO2 insulator greatly improves the device electrical properties over those with plain or octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) modified SiO2, particularly improves the carrier mobility, the subthreshold slope, and channel resistance resulted from reduced density of charge trapping states at the semiconductor/insulator interface. The pentacene OTFTs with modification from PhTMS (3.5‰ v/v) achieves carrier mobility of 1.03 cm2/V s, on/off current ratio of 1.98×105, and subthreshold slope of 0.20 V/decade. This work renders a new, simple approach to significantly improve the OTFT performance.

  18. Influence of inserting a thin fullerene layer on pentacene organic thin-film transistor

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    Li, Yu-Chang; Lin, Yu-Ju; Wei, Chia-Yu; Chou, Dei-Wei; Tsao, Chun-Ho; Wang, Yeong-Her

    2012-03-01

    The performance of organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) with a pentacene/fullerene(C60)/pentacene (PCP) sandwich structure is presented. Using a 3.5 nm-thick C60 layer inserted between the pentacene films, the obtained hole mobility is improved by more than six times. By applying atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Raman spectrum, and transmission line method analysis, one can reasonably infer that the smoother surface of the pentacene film covered with thin C60 layer delays the phase transformation of the upper pentacene film, resulting in stronger intermolecular coupling and the reduction of channel resistance of the PCP TFTs from 3.03 to 1.72 MΩ, and, therefore, improving the device performance.

  19. Numerical Analysis on the Mechanical Properties of Organic Thin Film Transistor

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    Lee, S. C.; Lee, D. K.; Seol, Y. G.; Ahn, J. H.; Lee, N. E.; Kim, Y. J.

    The organic thin film transistor (OTFT) on flexible substrate electroplated electrodes has many advantages as in the fabrication of low cost sensors, e-paper, smart cards, and flexible displays. In this study, we simulated the mechanical and electrical characteristics of the OTFT with various voltage conditions by using COMSOL. The model consisting of a channel, source and drain was employed to investigate the temperature distribution and thermal stress concentration. The channel length is 40 µm and the voltage ranged between -20V and -40V. The OTFT was fabricated using pentacene as a semiconducting layer and electroplated Ni as a gate electrode. Mechanical properties of the fabricated OTFT were characterized by thermal stress which was predicted with the result of stress distribution.

  20. Effect of curing temperature on nano-silver paste ink for organic thin-film transistors.

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    Kim, Minseok; Koo, Jae Bon; Baeg, Kang-Jun; Noh, Yong-Young; Yang, Yong Suk; Jung, Soon-Won; Ju, Byeong-Kwon; You, In-Kyu

    2012-04-01

    Silver (Ag) metal electrode having 20 microm channel length was printed by reverse offset printing (ROP) using nano-silver paste ink for the source/drain of organic thin-film transistors (OTFT). Specific resistance and surface roughness of printed Ag electrodes with increasing curing temperature were investigated, and surface morphology and grain growth mechanism were systematically verified using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) in order to obtain an optimized ROP Ag electrode. The Ag electrode was applied to fabricate top-gate/bottom-contact poly(3-hexylthiophene) OTFT devices, which showed reproducible OTFT characteristics such as the field-effect mobility, threshold voltage, and an on/off-current ratio of -10(-3) cm2/Vs, 0.36 V, and -10(2), respectively. PMID:22849104

  1. Low Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon Thin Film Transistor Pixel Circuits for Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes

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    Fan, Ching-Lin; Lin, Yu-Sheng; Liu, Yan-Wei

    A new pixel design and driving method for active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) displays that use low-temperature polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors (LTPS-TFTs) with a voltage programming method are proposed and verified using the SPICE simulator. We had employed an appropriate TFT model in SPICE simulation to demonstrate the performance of the pixel circuit. The OLED anode voltage variation error rates are below 0.35% under driving TFT threshold voltage deviation (Δ Vth =± 0.33V). The OLED current non-uniformity caused by the OLED threshold voltage degradation (Δ VTO =+0.33V) is significantly reduced (below 6%). The simulation results show that the pixel design can improve the display image non-uniformity by compensating for the threshold voltage deviation in the driving TFT and the OLED threshold voltage degradation at the same time.

  2. Low leakage current gate dielectrics prepared by ion beam assisted deposition for organic thin film transistors

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    Kim, Chang Su; Jo, Sung Jin; Kim, Jong Bok; Ryu, Seung Yoon; Noh, Joo Hyon; Baik, Hong Koo; Lee, Se Jong; Kim, Youn Sang

    2007-12-01

    This communication reports on the fabrication of low operating voltage pentacene thin-film transistors with high-k gate dielectrics by ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD). These densely packed dielectric layers by IBAD show a much lower level of leakage current than those created by e-beam evaporation. These results, from the fact that those thin films deposited with low adatom mobility, have an open structure, consisting of spherical grains with pores in between, that acts as a significant path for leakage current. By contrast, our results demonstrate the potential to limit this leakage. The field effect mobility, on/off current ratio, and subthreshold slope obtained from pentacene thin-film transistors (TFTs) were 1.14 cm2/V s, 105, and 0.41 V/dec, respectively. Thus, the high-k gate dielectrics obtained by IBAD show promise in realizing low leakage current, low voltage, and high mobility pentacene TFTs.

  3. Flexible All-organic, All-solution Processed Thin Film Transistor Array with Ultrashort Channel.

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    Xu, Wei; Hu, Zhanhao; Liu, Huimin; Lan, Linfeng; Peng, Junbiao; Wang, Jian; Cao, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Shrinking the device dimension has long been the pursuit of the semiconductor industry to increase the device density and operation speed. In the application of thin film transistors (TFTs), all-organic TFT arrays made by all-solution process are desired for low cost and flexible electronics. One of the greatest challenges is how to achieve ultrashort channel through a cost-effective method. In our study, ultrashort-channel devices are demonstrated by direct inkjet printing conducting polymer as source/drain and gate electrodes without any complicated substrate's pre-patterning process. By modifying the substrate's wettability, the conducting polymer's contact line is pinned during drying process which makes the channel length well-controlled. An organic TFT array of 200 devices with 2 μm channel length is fabricated on flexible substrate through all-solution process. The simple and scalable process to fabricate high resolution organic transistor array offers a low cost approach in the development of flexible and wearable electronics. PMID:27378163

  4. α,ω-dihexyl-sexithiophene thin films for solution-gated organic field-effect transistors

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    Schamoni, Hannah; Noever, Simon; Nickel, Bert; Stutzmann, Martin; Garrido, Jose A.

    2016-02-01

    While organic semiconductors are being widely investigated for chemical and biochemical sensing applications, major drawbacks such as the poor device stability and low charge carrier mobility in aqueous electrolytes have not yet been solved to complete satisfaction. In this work, solution-gated organic field-effect transistors (SGOFETs) based on the molecule α,ω-dihexyl-sexithiophene (DH6T) are presented as promising platforms for in-electrolyte sensing. Thin films of DH6T were investigated with regard to the influence of the substrate temperature during deposition on the grain size and structural order. The performance of SGOFETs can be improved by choosing suitable growth parameters that lead to a two-dimensional film morphology and a high degree of structural order. Furthermore, the capability of the SGOFETs to detect changes in the pH or ionic strength of the gate electrolyte is demonstrated and simulated. Finally, excellent transistor stability is confirmed by continuously operating the device over a period of several days, which is a consequence of the low threshold voltage of DH6T-based SGOFETs. Altogether, our results demonstrate the feasibility of high performance and highly stable organic semiconductor devices for chemical or biochemical applications.

  5. Flexible All-organic, All-solution Processed Thin Film Transistor Array with Ultrashort Channel

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    Xu, Wei; Hu, Zhanhao; Liu, Huimin; Lan, Linfeng; Peng, Junbiao; Wang, Jian; Cao, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Shrinking the device dimension has long been the pursuit of the semiconductor industry to increase the device density and operation speed. In the application of thin film transistors (TFTs), all-organic TFT arrays made by all-solution process are desired for low cost and flexible electronics. One of the greatest challenges is how to achieve ultrashort channel through a cost-effective method. In our study, ultrashort-channel devices are demonstrated by direct inkjet printing conducting polymer as source/drain and gate electrodes without any complicated substrate’s pre-patterning process. By modifying the substrate’s wettability, the conducting polymer’s contact line is pinned during drying process which makes the channel length well-controlled. An organic TFT array of 200 devices with 2 μm channel length is fabricated on flexible substrate through all-solution process. The simple and scalable process to fabricate high resolution organic transistor array offers a low cost approach in the development of flexible and wearable electronics. PMID:27378163

  6. Flexible All-organic, All-solution Processed Thin Film Transistor Array with Ultrashort Channel

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    Xu, Wei; Hu, Zhanhao; Liu, Huimin; Lan, Linfeng; Peng, Junbiao; Wang, Jian; Cao, Yong

    2016-07-01

    Shrinking the device dimension has long been the pursuit of the semiconductor industry to increase the device density and operation speed. In the application of thin film transistors (TFTs), all-organic TFT arrays made by all-solution process are desired for low cost and flexible electronics. One of the greatest challenges is how to achieve ultrashort channel through a cost-effective method. In our study, ultrashort-channel devices are demonstrated by direct inkjet printing conducting polymer as source/drain and gate electrodes without any complicated substrate’s pre-patterning process. By modifying the substrate’s wettability, the conducting polymer’s contact line is pinned during drying process which makes the channel length well-controlled. An organic TFT array of 200 devices with 2 μm channel length is fabricated on flexible substrate through all-solution process. The simple and scalable process to fabricate high resolution organic transistor array offers a low cost approach in the development of flexible and wearable electronics.

  7. Impact of universal mobility law on polycrystalline organic thin-film transistors

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    Raja, Munira; Donaghy, David; Myers, Robert; Eccleston, Bill

    2012-10-01

    We have developed novel analytical models for polycrystalline organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) by employing new concepts on the charge carrier injection to polysilicon thin-films. The models, also incorporate the effect of contact resistance associated with the poor ohmic nature of the contacts. The drain current equations of the OTFT, both in the quasi-diffusion and quasi-drift regimes, predict temperature dependencies on essential material and device parameters. Interestingly, under the drift regime, the polycrystalline OTFT model reveals similar power dependencies on the applied voltages, to those of purely disordered model developed by utilizing the universal mobility law (UML). Such similarities are not thought to be coincidental since the effect of gate voltage on surface potential is influenced by the Fermi level pinning in the grain boundary. Nonetheless, the best fits on the data of 6,13-bis(tri-isopropylsilylethynyl) OTFTs are attained with the proposed polycrystalline rather than the disordered model, particularly at low gate voltages where the diffusive component is dominant. Moreover, in order to understand the effect of grain boundaries, we devise a relationship for the dependency of the effective mobility on carrier concentration, assuming a crystalline region to be in direct contact with a disordered region. Interestingly, we find a similar dependency as the UML in purely disordered materials, which further signifies the conduction to be limited by the grain boundaries. Subsequently, an analytical model for the variation of the effective mobility with gate voltage is established. Such models are vital in assisting the development of more accurate designs of the novel organic circuits.

  8. Fully Solution-Processed Flexible Organic Thin Film Transistor Arrays with High Mobility and Exceptional Uniformity

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    Fukuda, Kenjiro; Takeda, Yasunori; Mizukami, Makoto; Kumaki, Daisuke; Tokito, Shizuo

    2014-01-01

    Printing fully solution-processed organic electronic devices may potentially revolutionize production of flexible electronics for various applications. However, difficulties in forming thin, flat, uniform films through printing techniques have been responsible for poor device performance and low yields. Here, we report on fully solution-processed organic thin-film transistor (TFT) arrays with greatly improved performance and yields, achieved by layering solution-processable materials such as silver nanoparticle inks, organic semiconductors, and insulating polymers on thin plastic films. A treatment layer improves carrier injection between the source/drain electrodes and the semiconducting layer and dramatically reduces contact resistance. Furthermore, an organic semiconductor with large-crystal grains results in TFT devices with shorter channel lengths and higher field-effect mobilities. We obtained mobilities of over 1.2 cm2 V−1 s−1 in TFT devices with channel lengths shorter than 20 μm. By combining these fabrication techniques, we built highly uniform organic TFT arrays with average mobility levels as high as 0.80 cm2 V−1 s−1 and ideal threshold voltages of 0 V. These results represent major progress in the fabrication of fully solution-processed organic TFT device arrays. PMID:24492785

  9. Fully Solution-Processed Flexible Organic Thin Film Transistor Arrays with High Mobility and Exceptional Uniformity

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    Fukuda, Kenjiro; Takeda, Yasunori; Mizukami, Makoto; Kumaki, Daisuke; Tokito, Shizuo

    2014-02-01

    Printing fully solution-processed organic electronic devices may potentially revolutionize production of flexible electronics for various applications. However, difficulties in forming thin, flat, uniform films through printing techniques have been responsible for poor device performance and low yields. Here, we report on fully solution-processed organic thin-film transistor (TFT) arrays with greatly improved performance and yields, achieved by layering solution-processable materials such as silver nanoparticle inks, organic semiconductors, and insulating polymers on thin plastic films. A treatment layer improves carrier injection between the source/drain electrodes and the semiconducting layer and dramatically reduces contact resistance. Furthermore, an organic semiconductor with large-crystal grains results in TFT devices with shorter channel lengths and higher field-effect mobilities. We obtained mobilities of over 1.2 cm2 V-1 s-1 in TFT devices with channel lengths shorter than 20 μm. By combining these fabrication techniques, we built highly uniform organic TFT arrays with average mobility levels as high as 0.80 cm2 V-1 s-1 and ideal threshold voltages of 0 V. These results represent major progress in the fabrication of fully solution-processed organic TFT device arrays.

  10. Solution-Processed Organic Thin-Film Transistor Array for Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode

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    Harada, Chihiro; Hata, Takuya; Chuman, Takashi; Ishizuka, Shinichi; Yoshizawa, Atsushi

    2013-05-01

    We developed a 3-in. organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) array with an ink-jetted organic semiconductor. All layers except electrodes were fabricated by solution processes. The OTFT performed well without hysteresis, and the field-effect mobility in the saturation region was 0.45 cm2 V-1 s-1, the threshold voltage was 3.3 V, and the on/off current ratio was more than 106. We demonstrated a 3-in. active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display driven by the OTFT array. The display could provide clear moving images. The peak luminance of the display was 170 cd/m2.

  11. Temperature and layer thickness dependent in situ investigations on epindolidione organic thin-film transistors

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    Lassnig, R.; Striedinger, B.; Jones, A.O.F.; Scherwitzl, B.; Fian, A.; Głowacl, E.D.; Stadlober, B.; Winkler, A.

    2016-01-01

    We report on in situ performance evaluations as a function of layer thickness and substrate temperature for bottom-gate, bottom-gold contact epindolidione organic thin-film transistors on various gate dielectrics. Experiments were carried out under ultra-high vacuum conditions, enabling quasi-simultaneous electrical and surface analysis. Auger electron spectroscopy and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) were applied to characterize the quality of the substrate surface and the thermal stability of the organic films. Ex situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to gain additional information on the layer formation and surface morphology of the hydrogen-bonded organic pigment. The examined gate dielectrics included SiO2, in its untreated and sputtered forms, as well as the spin-coated organic capping layers poly(vinyl-cinnamate) (PVCi) and poly((±)endo,exo-bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-ene-2,3-dicarboxylic acid, diphenylester) (PNDPE, from the class of polynorbornenes). TDS and AFM revealed Volmer-Weber island growth dominated film formation with no evidence of a subjacent wetting layer. This growth mode is responsible for the comparably high coverage required for transistor behavior at 90–95% of a monolayer composed of standing molecules. Surface sputtering and an increased sample temperature during epindolidione deposition augmented the surface diffusion of adsorbing molecules and therefore led to a lower number of better-ordered islands. Consequently, while the onset of charge transport was delayed, higher saturation mobility was obtained. The highest, bottom-contact configuration, mobilities of approximately 2.5 × 10−3cm2/Vs were found for high coverages (50 nm) on sputtered samples. The coverage dependence of the mobility showed very different characteristics for the different gate dielectrics, while the change of the threshold voltage with coverage was approximately the same for all systems. An apparent decrease of the mobility with increasing coverage on the

  12. Flexible suspended gate organic thin-film transistors for ultra-sensitive pressure detection

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    Zang, Yaping; Zhang, Fengjiao; Huang, Dazhen; Gao, Xike; Di, Chong-an; Zhu, Daoben

    2015-01-01

    The utilization of organic devices as pressure-sensing elements in artificial intelligence and healthcare applications represents a fascinating opportunity for the next-generation electronic products. To satisfy the critical requirements of these promising applications, the low-cost construction of large-area ultra-sensitive organic pressure devices with outstanding flexibility is highly desired. Here we present flexible suspended gate organic thin-film transistors (SGOTFTs) as a model platform that enables ultra-sensitive pressure detection. More importantly, the unique device geometry of SGOTFTs allows the fine-tuning of their sensitivity by the suspended gate. An unprecedented sensitivity of 192 kPa−1, a low limit-of-detection pressure of <0.5 Pa and a short response time of 10 ms were successfully realized, allowing the real-time detection of acoustic waves. These excellent sensing properties of SGOTFTs, together with their advantages of facile large-area fabrication and versatility in detecting various pressure signals, make SGOTFTs a powerful strategy for spatial pressure mapping in practical applications. PMID:25872157

  13. Flexible suspended gate organic thin-film transistors for ultra-sensitive pressure detection

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    Zang, Yaping; Zhang, Fengjiao; Huang, Dazhen; Gao, Xike; di, Chong-An; Zhu, Daoben

    2015-03-01

    The utilization of organic devices as pressure-sensing elements in artificial intelligence and healthcare applications represents a fascinating opportunity for the next-generation electronic products. To satisfy the critical requirements of these promising applications, the low-cost construction of large-area ultra-sensitive organic pressure devices with outstanding flexibility is highly desired. Here we present flexible suspended gate organic thin-film transistors (SGOTFTs) as a model platform that enables ultra-sensitive pressure detection. More importantly, the unique device geometry of SGOTFTs allows the fine-tuning of their sensitivity by the suspended gate. An unprecedented sensitivity of 192 kPa-1, a low limit-of-detection pressure of <0.5 Pa and a short response time of 10 ms were successfully realized, allowing the real-time detection of acoustic waves. These excellent sensing properties of SGOTFTs, together with their advantages of facile large-area fabrication and versatility in detecting various pressure signals, make SGOTFTs a powerful strategy for spatial pressure mapping in practical applications.

  14. Sensitivity of the threshold voltage of organic thin-film transistors to light and water

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    Feng, Cong; Marinov, Ognian; Deen, M. Jamal; Selvaganapathy, Ponnambalam Ravi; Wu, Yiliang

    2015-05-14

    Analyses of extensive experiments with organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) indicate that the threshold voltage V{sub T} of an OTFT has a temporal differential sensitivity. In particular, V{sub T} changes initially by changing the light illumination intensity or making/removing a contact of water with the organic semiconductor. Keeping the conditions stationary, then the initial shift of V{sub T} diminishes, since the time dependence of V{sub T} gradually recovers the OTFT to the state before applying the change in the environmental conditions. While still causing a differential and time-variant shift of V{sub T}, the deionized water does not have a dramatic impact on OTFTs that use the polymer DKPP-βT (diketopyrrolopyrrole β-unsubstituted quaterthiophene) as the active semiconductor material. Observations for the impact of water are made from experiments with an OTFT that has a microfluidic channel on the top the electrical channel, with the water in the microfluidic channel in direct contact with the electrical channel of the OTFT. This arrangement of electrical and microfluidic channels is a novel structure of the microfluidic OTFT, suitable for sensing applications of liquid analytes by means of organic electronics.

  15. Low-voltage polymer/small-molecule blend organic thin-film transistors and circuits fabricated via spray deposition

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    Hunter, By Simon; Anthopoulos, Thomas D.; Ward, Jeremy W.; Jurchescu, Oana D.; Payne, Marcia M.; Anthony, John E.

    2015-06-01

    Organic thin-film electronics have long been considered an enticing candidate in achieving high-throughput manufacturing of low-power ubiquitous electronics. However, to achieve this goal, more work is required to reduce operating voltages and develop suitable mass-manufacture techniques. Here, we demonstrate low-voltage spray-cast organic thin-film transistors based on a semiconductor blend of 2,8-difluoro- 5,11-bis (triethylsilylethynyl) anthradithiophene and poly(triarylamine). Both semiconductor and dielectric films are deposited via successive spray deposition in ambient conditions (air with 40%–60% relative humidity) without any special precautions. Despite the simplicity of the deposition method, p-channel transistors with hole mobilities of >1 cm{sup 2}/Vs are realized at −4 V operation, and unipolar inverters operating at −6 V are demonstrated.

  16. Nonvolatile organic thin film transistor memory devices based on hybrid nanocomposites of semiconducting polymers: gold nanoparticles.

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    Chang, Hsuan-Chun; Liu, Cheng-Liang; Chen, Wen-Chang

    2013-12-26

    We report the facile fabrication and characteristics of organic thin film transistor (OTFT)-based nonvolatile memory devices using the hybrid nanocomposites of semiconducting poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-bithiophene) (F8T2) and ligand-capped Au nanoparticles (NPs), thereby serving as a charge storage medium. Electrical bias sweep/excitation effectively modulates the current response of hybrid memory devices through the charge transfer between F8T2 channel and functionalized Au NPs trapping sites. The electrical performance of the hybrid memory devices can be effectively controlled though the loading concentrations (0-9 %) of Au NPs and organic thiolate ligands on Au NP surfaces with different carbon chain lengths (Au-L6, Au-L10, and Au-L18). The memory window induced by voltage sweep is considerably increased by the high content of Au NPs or short carbon chain on the ligand. The hybrid nanocomposite of F8T2:9% Au-L6 provides the OTFT memories with a memory window of ~41 V operated at ± 30 V and memory ratio of ~1 × 10(3) maintained for 1 × 10(4) s. The experimental results suggest that the hybrid materials of the functionalized Au NPs in F8T2 matrix have the potential applications for low voltage-driven high performance nonvolatile memory devices. PMID:24224739

  17. Roll-printed organic thin-film transistor using patterned poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) stamp.

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    Jo, Jeongdai; Yu, Jong-Su; Lee, Taik-Min; Kim, Dong-Soo; Kim, Kwang-Young

    2010-05-01

    The roll-printed gate, source, and drain electrodes of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) were fabricated by gravure printing or gravure-offset printing using patterned poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) stamp with various channel lengths and low-resistance silver (Ag) pastes on flexible 150 x 150 mm2 plastic substrates. Bottom-contact roll-printed OTFTs used polyvinylphenol (PVP) as polymeric dielectric and bis(triisopropyl-silylethynyl) pentacene (TIPS-pentacene) as organic semiconductor; they were formed by spin coating or ink-jetting. Depending on the choice of roll-printing method, the printed OTFTs obtained had a field-effect mobility of between 0.08 and 0.1 cm2/Vs, an on/off current ratio of between 10(4) and 10(5), and a subthreshold slope of between 1.96 and 2.32 V/decade. The roll-printing using patterned PDMS stamp and soluble processes made it possible to fabricate a printed OTFT with a channel length of between 12 to 74 microm on a plastic substrate; this was not previously possible using traditional printing techniques. The proposed fabrication process was 20 steps shorted than conventional fabrication techniques. PMID:20359007

  18. Graphene-based electrodes for enhanced organic thin film transistors based on pentacene.

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    Basu, Sarbani; Lee, Mu Chen; Wang, Yeong-Her

    2014-08-21

    This paper presents 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS-pentacene) and pentacene-based organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) with monolayer graphene source-drain (S-D) electrodes. The electrodes are patterned using conventional photolithographic techniques combined with reactive ion etching. The monolayer graphene film grown by chemical vapor deposition on Cu foil was transferred on a Si dioxide surface using a polymer-supported transfer method to fabricate bottom-gate, bottom-contact OTFTs. The pentacene OTFTs with graphene S-D contacts exhibited superior performance with a mobility of 0.1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and an on-off ratio of 10(5) compared with OTFTs with Au-based S-D contacts, which had a mobility of 0.01 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and an on-off ratio of 10(3). The crystallinity, grain size, and microscopic defects (or the number of layers of graphene films) of the TIPS-pentacene/pentacene films were analyzed by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy, respectively. The feasibility of using graphene as an S-D electrode in OTFTs provides an alternative material with high carrier injection efficiency, chemical stability, and excellent interface properties with organic semiconductors, thus exhibiting improved device performance of C-based electronic OTFTs at a reduced cost. PMID:25000388

  19. Ultraviolet-Patternable Polymer Insulator for Organic Thin-Film Transistors on Flexible Substrates

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    Wu, Chung-Ming; Su, Shui-Hsiang; Wang, Hong-Tai; Yokoyama, Meiso; Fu, Shen-Li

    2011-04-01

    In this work, we describe the fabrication of pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) on a flexible substrate using a UV-patternable polymer material, mr-UVCur06, as the gate insulator. The device structure is poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET)/indium-tin oxide (ITO)/mr-UVCur06/pentacene/Au (source/drain). In addition to its solution-processable capability, mr-UVCur06 is directly patternable by UV light in a low-temperature process. The OTFT has an on-off ratio that approaches 105, and its pattern resolution can reach 5 µm. Additionally, UV/ozone post-treatment of the patterned mr-UVCur06 can illuminate the organic contaminants from its surface and significantly improve the performance of OTFTs. Moreover, the effect of UV/ozone post-treatment on the polymer dielectric is confirmed using a Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer. Owing to its highly desired characteristics such as photopatternability and low-temperature process, mr-UVCur06 is feasible for low-cost, large-area flexible device applications.

  20. Origin of mobility enhancement by chemical treatment of gate-dielectric surface in organic thin-film transistors: Quantitative analyses of various limiting factors in pentacene thin films

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    Matsubara, R.; Sakai, Y.; Nomura, T.; Sakai, M.; Kudo, K.; Majima, Y.; Knipp, D.; Nakamura, M.

    2015-11-01

    For the better performance of organic thin-film transistors (TFTs), gate-insulator surface treatments are often applied. However, the origin of mobility increase has not been well understood because mobility-limiting factors have not been compared quantitatively. In this work, we clarify the influence of gate-insulator surface treatments in pentacene thin-film transistors on the limiting factors of mobility, i.e., size of crystal-growth domain, crystallite size, HOMO-band-edge fluctuation, and carrier transport barrier at domain boundary. We quantitatively investigated these factors for pentacene TFTs with bare, hexamethyldisilazane-treated, and polyimide-coated SiO2 layers as gate dielectrics. By applying these surface treatments, size of crystal-growth domain increases but both crystallite size and HOMO-band-edge fluctuation remain unchanged. Analyzing the experimental results, we also show that the barrier height at the boundary between crystal-growth domains is not sensitive to the treatments. The results imply that the essential increase in mobility by these surface treatments is only due to the increase in size of crystal-growth domain or the decrease in the number of energy barriers at domain boundaries in the TFT channel.

  1. Green processing of metal oxide core-shell nanoparticles as low-temperature dielectrics in organic thin-film transistors.

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    Portilla, Luis; Etschel, Sebastian H; Tykwinski, Rik R; Halik, Marcus

    2015-10-21

    TiO2 , Fe3 O4, AlOx , ITO (indium tin oxide), and CeO2 nanoparticles are tailored to exhibit excellent dispersability in deionized water and alcohols. The latter provides an ecofriendly solution for processing metal oxide nanoparticles at a neutral pH. Water-processed dielectrics from the metal oxide nanoparticles are incorporated into organic thin-film transistors fabricated on rigid and flexible substrates. PMID:26308740

  2. High-performance organic thin-film transistors of J-stacked squaraine dyes.

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    Gsänger, Marcel; Kirchner, Eva; Stolte, Matthias; Burschka, Christian; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Pflaum, Jens; Würthner, Frank

    2014-02-12

    We have synthesized a series of dipolar squaraine dyes that contain dicyanovinyl groups as acceptor and benzannulated five-membered ring heterocycles with alkyl chains of varied length as donor moieties. Based on these squaraines, thin-film transistors (TFT) were fabricated by spin coating and solution shearing. Moreover, with one of these squaraine derivatives vacuum-deposited TFTs were prepared as well. Our detailed studies revealed that the transistor performance of the present series of squaraines is strongly dependent on their structural features as well as on the processing method of thin films. Thus, solution-sheared OTFTs of selenium squaraine bearing dodecyl substituents (denoted as Se-SQ-C12) performed best with a maximum hole mobility of 0.45 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), which is by far the highest value yet reported for OTFTs based on squaraines. This value was even surpassed by vacuum-deposited thin films of n-butyl-substituted selenium squaraine Se-SQ-C4, the only sublimable compound in this series, exhibiting a record hole mobility of 1.3 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). Furthermore, we have investigated the morphology of the thin films and the molecular packing of these squaraine dyes by optical spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. These studies revealed a relationship between the molecular structure, packing motif, thin-film morphology, and transistor performance of the squaraine dyes. From the supramolecular point of view two packing features discovered in the single crystal structure of Se-SQ-C8 are of particular interest with regard to the structure-functionality relationship: The first is the slipped and antiparallel π-stacking motif which ensures cancellation of the molecules' dipole moments and J-type absorption band formation in thin films. The second is the presence of CN···Se noncovalent bonds which show similarities to the more common halogen-bonding interactions and which interconnect the individual one-dimensional slipped

  3. Universal diffusion-limited injection and the hook effect in organic thin-film transistors

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    Liu, Chuan; Huseynova, Gunel; Xu, Yong; Long, Dang Xuan; Park, Won-Tae; Liu, Xuying; Minari, Takeo; Noh, Yong-Young

    2016-07-01

    The general form of interfacial contact resistance was derived for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) covering various injection mechanisms. Devices with a broad range of materials for contacts, semiconductors, and dielectrics were investigated and the charge injections in staggered OTFTs was found to universally follow the proposed form in the diffusion-limited case, which is signified by the mobility-dependent injection at the metal-semiconductor interfaces. Hence, real ohmic contact can hardly ever be achieved in OTFTs with low carrier concentrations and mobility, and the injection mechanisms include thermionic emission, diffusion, and surface recombination. The non-ohmic injection in OTFTs is manifested by the generally observed hook shape of the output conductance as a function of the drain field. The combined theoretical and experimental results show that interfacial contact resistance generally decreases with carrier mobility, and the injection current is probably determined by the surface recombination rate, which can be promoted by bulk-doping, contact modifications with charge injection layers and dopant layers, and dielectric engineering with high-k dielectric materials.

  4. Vapor-phase-processed fluorinated self-assembled monolayer for organic thin-film transistors

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    Roh, Jeongkyun; Lee, Changhee; Kwak, Jeonghun; Jung, Byung Jun; Kim, Hyeok

    2015-09-01

    A vapor-phase-processed fluorinated silazane self-assembled monolayer (SAM), 1,3-bis(trifluoropropyl)-1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisilazane (FPDS), was introduced as a surface modifier for pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). A remarkable improvement in the field effect mobility from 0.25 cm2/Vs (without SAM-treatment) to 0.42 cm2/Vs (with FPDS-treatment) was observed, which was attributed to the better pentacene growth on a hydrophobic surface. A significant reduction in the contact resistance was also observed by FPDS treatment due to the improved bulk conductivity and diminished charge trapping at the gate dielectric surface by the SAM treatment. In addition, FPDS treatment efficiently improved the bias stability of the OTFTs; the drain-to-source current degradation by the bias stress was greatly reduced from 80% to 50% by FPDS treatment, and the characteristic time for charge trapping of the FPDS treated OTFTs was approximately one order of magnitude larger than that of the OTFTs without SAM treatment.

  5. Universal diffusion-limited injection and the hook effect in organic thin-film transistors.

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    Liu, Chuan; Huseynova, Gunel; Xu, Yong; Long, Dang Xuan; Park, Won-Tae; Liu, Xuying; Minari, Takeo; Noh, Yong-Young

    2016-01-01

    The general form of interfacial contact resistance was derived for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) covering various injection mechanisms. Devices with a broad range of materials for contacts, semiconductors, and dielectrics were investigated and the charge injections in staggered OTFTs was found to universally follow the proposed form in the diffusion-limited case, which is signified by the mobility-dependent injection at the metal-semiconductor interfaces. Hence, real ohmic contact can hardly ever be achieved in OTFTs with low carrier concentrations and mobility, and the injection mechanisms include thermionic emission, diffusion, and surface recombination. The non-ohmic injection in OTFTs is manifested by the generally observed hook shape of the output conductance as a function of the drain field. The combined theoretical and experimental results show that interfacial contact resistance generally decreases with carrier mobility, and the injection current is probably determined by the surface recombination rate, which can be promoted by bulk-doping, contact modifications with charge injection layers and dopant layers, and dielectric engineering with high-k dielectric materials. PMID:27440253

  6. Universal diffusion-limited injection and the hook effect in organic thin-film transistors

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    Liu, Chuan; Huseynova, Gunel; Xu, Yong; Long, Dang Xuan; Park, Won-Tae; Liu, Xuying; Minari, Takeo; Noh, Yong-Young

    2016-01-01

    The general form of interfacial contact resistance was derived for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) covering various injection mechanisms. Devices with a broad range of materials for contacts, semiconductors, and dielectrics were investigated and the charge injections in staggered OTFTs was found to universally follow the proposed form in the diffusion-limited case, which is signified by the mobility-dependent injection at the metal-semiconductor interfaces. Hence, real ohmic contact can hardly ever be achieved in OTFTs with low carrier concentrations and mobility, and the injection mechanisms include thermionic emission, diffusion, and surface recombination. The non-ohmic injection in OTFTs is manifested by the generally observed hook shape of the output conductance as a function of the drain field. The combined theoretical and experimental results show that interfacial contact resistance generally decreases with carrier mobility, and the injection current is probably determined by the surface recombination rate, which can be promoted by bulk-doping, contact modifications with charge injection layers and dopant layers, and dielectric engineering with high-k dielectric materials. PMID:27440253

  7. A hybrid mask mould lithography scheme and its application in nanoscale organic thin film transistors

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    Cheng, Xing; Li, Dawen; Guo, L. Jay

    2006-02-01

    Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) has stimulated great interest in both academic research and industrial development due to its high resolution, high throughput and low cost advantages. Though NIL has been demonstrated to be very successful in replicating nanoscale features, it also has its limitations as a general lithography technique. Its fundamental moulding characteristics (i.e. physically displacing polymer materials) frequently lead to pattern defects when replicating arbitrary patterns, especially patterns with broad size distribution. To solve this problem, we have developed a combined nanoimprint and photolithography technique that uses a hybrid mould to achieve good pattern definitions. In this work, we applied this technique to fabricate finger-shaped nanoelectrodes, and demonstrated nanoscale pentacene organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). Methods of the hybrid mask-mould (HMM) fabrication and results on the device electrical characteristics are provided. With combined advantages of both photolithography and NIL, and the applicability to general nanoscale device and system fabrication, this method can become a valuable choice for low cost mass production of micro- and nanoscale structures, devices and systems.

  8. Investigation of Nonvolatile Memory Effect of Organic Thin-Film Transistors with Triple Dielectric Layers

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    Yu, Hsin-Chieh; Chen, Ying-Chih; Huang, Chun-Yuan; Su, Yan-Kuin

    2012-03-01

    Pentacene thin-film transistor (TFT) memory using poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA)-based polymer dielectric layers has been developed. The electric performance and memory behaviors of memory TFTs can be significantly improved by using triple polymer dielectric layers consisting of PHEMA/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/PHEMA. This can be attributed to the improvement of the channel/dielectric interface. This memory effect is due to the charge storage of the dipolar group or molecules in the dielectric. The devices exhibit a wide memory window (ΔVth, >20 V), switchable channel current, and long retention time.

  9. Effects of post thermal annealing on the electrical properties of vertical type organic thin film transistors using poly(3-hexylthiophene) and its application in organic light emitting transistor.

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    Oh, Se Young; Hwang, Sun Kak; Kim, Young Do; Park, Jong Wook; Kang, In Nam

    2008-09-01

    We have fabricated the vertical type organic thin film transistor (OTFT) using electrically conductive poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as a p-type organic material. Effects of post thermal annealing and thickness of active layer on the performance of vertical type transistors were investigated. Especially, the correlation between carrier mobility of P3HT after post thermal annealing and static characteristics of the transistor was studied. Carrier mobility was calculated by space charge limited current (SCLC) model from the I-V curves of the prepared device. The vertical type OTFT after post thermal annealing at 120 degrees C (Tg) showed high current of 0.383 mA and on-off ratio of 22.5 at a low gate voltage of +2.0 V. Additionally, we report on emission characteristics from the vertical type transistor using P3HT. PMID:19049130

  10. Apoptotic self-organized electronic device using thin-film transistors for artificial neural networks with unsupervised learning functions

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    Kimura, Mutsumi; Miyatani, Tomoaki; Fujita, Yusuke; Kasakawa, Tomohiro

    2015-03-01

    Artificial neural networks are promising systems for information processing with many advantages, such as self-teaching and parallel distributed computing. However, conventional networks consist of extremely intricate circuits to guarantee accurate behaviors of the neurons and synapses. We demonstrate an apoptotic self-organized electronic device using thin-film transistors for artificial neural networks with unsupervised learning functions. First, we formed a “neuron” from only eight transistors and reduced a “synapse” to only one transistor by employing the characteristic degradations of the synapse transistors to adjust the synaptic connection strength. Second, we classified the synapses into two types, “concordant” and “discordant” synapses, and composed a local interconnective network optimized for integrated electronic circuits. Finally, we confirmed that the device is feasible and can learn multiple logical operations, including AND, OR, and XOR.

  11. Study on contact and channel resistance of pentacene-based ambipolar organic thin-film transistors

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    Ho, Tsung-Jun; Yan, Guo-En; Cheng, Horng-Long

    2015-08-01

    In this work, we investigated the electrical characteristics of pentacene-based ambipolar organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) by modifying the channel length. We fabricated a top contact device structure with sliver as the source and drain electrodes and heavy doped p-type silicon wafer as the gate electrode. The channel length of the pentacene-based ambipolar OTFTs are 50, 100, 250, and 400 μm; the channel width is fixed. The output current of the n-channel and p-channel decreases with increasing channel length. The saturated mobility and threshold voltage of both channels increase with the increase in channel length. The increase rate of saturated mobility and threshold voltage of the n-channel is larger than that of the p-channel. The influence of channel length on the electrical properties of the p-channel and n-channel is different. We utilized the gated-transfer length method to study the contact resistance between sliver and pentacene and the channel resistance of pentacene. Contact and channel resistance decrease with the increase in gate voltage in the saturation region. The total resistance of pentacene-based ambipolar OTFTs increases with channel length at a fixed gate voltage. However, n-channel total resistance has stronger gate voltage and channel length dependence than p-channel total resistance. This result reveals that electron transport in the device channel requires a larger driving voltage than in the hole. Selecting a suitable channel length is critical to obtain a well-balanced performance of the dual carriers that transport ambipolar OTFTs and to avoid a large loss in injection barrier.

  12. Solution-grown small-molecule organic semiconductor with enhanced crystal alignment and areal coverage for organic thin film transistors

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    Bi, Sheng; He, Zhengran; Chen, Jihua; Li, Dawen

    2015-07-24

    Drop casting of small-molecule organic semiconductors typically forms crystals with random orientation and poor areal coverage, which leads to significant performance variations of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). In this study, we utilize the controlled evaporative self-assembly (CESA) method combined with binary solvent system to control the crystal growth. A small-molecule organic semiconductor,2,5-Di-(2-ethylhexyl)-3,6-bis(5"-n-hexyl-2,2',5',2"]terthiophen-5-yl)-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione (SMDPPEH), is used as an example to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach. By optimizing the double solvent ratios, well-aligned SMDPPEH crystals with significantly improved areal coverage were achieved. As a result, the SMDPPEH based OTFTs exhibit a mobility of 1.6 × 10-2 cm2/V s, which is themore » highest mobility from SMDPPEH ever reported.« less

  13. Solution-grown small-molecule organic semiconductor with enhanced crystal alignment and areal coverage for organic thin film transistors

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    Bi, Sheng; He, Zhengran; Chen, Jihua; Li, Dawen

    2015-07-24

    Drop casting of small-molecule organic semiconductors typically forms crystals with random orientation and poor areal coverage, which leads to significant performance variations of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). In this study, we utilize the controlled evaporative self-assembly (CESA) method combined with binary solvent system to control the crystal growth. A small-molecule organic semiconductor,2,5-Di-(2-ethylhexyl)-3,6-bis(5"-n-hexyl-2,2',5',2"]terthiophen-5-yl)-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione (SMDPPEH), is used as an example to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach. By optimizing the double solvent ratios, well-aligned SMDPPEH crystals with significantly improved areal coverage were achieved. As a result, the SMDPPEH based OTFTs exhibit a mobility of 1.6 × 10-2 cm2/V s, which is the highest mobility from SMDPPEH ever reported.

  14. Enhanced electrical properties of pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors by modifying the gate insulator surface

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    Tang, J. X.; Lee, C. S.; Chan, M. Y.; Lee, S. T.

    2008-09-01

    A reliable surface treatment for the pentacene/gate dielectric interface was developed to enhance the electrical transport properties of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). Plasma-polymerized fluorocarbon (CFx) film was deposited onto the SiO 2 gate dielectric prior to pentacene deposition, resulting in a dramatic increase of the field-effect mobility from 0.015 cm 2/(V s) to 0.22 cm 2/(V s), and a threshold voltage reduction from -14.0 V to -9.9 V. The observed carrier mobility increase by a factor of 10 in the resulting OTFTs is associated with various growth behaviors of polycrystalline pentacene thin films on different substrates, where a pronounced morphological change occurs in the first few molecular layers but the similar morphologies in the upper layers. The accompanying threshold voltage variation suggests that hole accumulation in the conduction channel-induced weak charge transfer between pentacene and CFx.

  15. Molecular orientation dependence of hole-injection barrier in pentacene thin film on the Au surface in organic thin film transistor

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    Ihm, Kyuwook; Kim, Bongsoo; Kang, Tai-Hee; Kim, Ki-Jeong; Joo, Min Ho; Kim, Tae Hyeong; Yoon, Sang Soo; Chung, Sukmin

    2006-07-01

    We have investigated the effects of a buffer layer insertion on the performance of the pentacene based thin film transistor with a bottom contact structure. When the pentacene molecules have a standing up coordination on the Au surface that is modified by the benzenethiol or methanethiol, the transition region in the pentacene thin film is removed along the boundary between the Au and silicon oxide region, and the hole-injection barrier decreases by 0.4eV. Pentacene on various surfaces showed that the highly occupied molecular level is 0.2-0.4eV lower in the standing up coordination than in the lying down coordination.

  16. Observation of electric potential in organic thin-film transistor by bias-applied hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy

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    Watanabe, Takeshi; Tada, Keisuke; Yasuno, Satoshi; Oji, Hiroshi; Yoshimoto, Noriyuki; Hirosawa, Ichiro

    2016-03-01

    The effect of gate voltage on electric potential in a pentacene (PEN) layer was studied by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy under a bias voltage. It was observed that applying a negative gate voltage substantially increases the width of a C 1s peak. This suggested that injected and accumulated carriers in an organic thin film transistor channel modified the potential depth profile in PEN. It was also observed that the C 1s kinetic energy tends to increase monotonically with threshold voltage.

  17. Enhancing the performance of organic thin film transistors using a novel photoalignment method

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    Chou, Wei-Yang; Kuo, Chia-Wei; Mai, Yu-Shen; Lin, Shih-Ting; Cheng, Hong-Long; Liao, Chi-Chang; Shu, Dun-Ying

    2004-10-01

    This study first demonstrated the feasibility of using the photoalignment method to adequately control the structural anisotropy of pentacene films, which are active semiconducting layers, in thin-film transistors (TFTs) with conspicuous anisotropic electrical characteristics. The photoaligned pentacene films were characterized with respect to structure and morphology using x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and Raman scattering. Compared to the uncontrolled pentacene films, a maximum 25-times increase in field-effect mobility (up to 0.82 cm2/Vs) is achieved in the photoaligned pentacene-based TFTs by aligning pentacene orientation parallel to the current flow direction using a photoaligned polyimide layer. Mobility anisotropic ratios ranging between 2.7-8.3 for the current flow parallel and perpendicular to the alignment of the photoaligned pentacene films have been observed for photoaligned pentacene-based TFTs.

  18. High mobility n-type organic thin-film transistors deposited at room temperature by supersonic molecular beam deposition

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    Chiarella, F. Barra, M.; Ciccullo, F.; Cassinese, A.; Toccoli, T.; Aversa, L.; Tatti, R.; Verucchi, R.

    2014-04-07

    In this paper, we report on the fabrication of N,N′-1H,1H-perfluorobutil dicyanoperylenediimide (PDIF-CN{sub 2}) organic thin-film transistors by Supersonic Molecular Beam Deposition. The devices exhibit mobility up to 0.2 cm{sup 2}/V s even if the substrate is kept at room temperature during the organic film growth, exceeding by three orders of magnitude the electrical performance of those grown at the same temperature by conventional Organic Molecular Beam Deposition. The possibility to get high-mobility n-type transistors avoiding thermal treatments during or after the deposition could significantly extend the number of substrates suitable to the fabrication of flexible high-performance complementary circuits by using this compound.

  19. High-performance n-channel organic thin-film transistor based on naphthalene diimide.

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    Dey, Anamika; Kalita, Anamika; Krishnan Iyer, Parameswar

    2014-08-13

    A conjugated molecule comprising 1,4,5,8-naphthalene diimide (NDI) substituted with two octadecylamine (OD) chains has been synthesized (NDI-OD2) in a single step from commercial materials, and its organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) devices on glass substrate have been studied using poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) gate dielectric material. Although we utilized the PVA dielectric without any intermediate buffer layer or PVA cross-linkers, excellent electron mobility as high as ∼1.0 cm(2)V(-1) s(-1) are obtained. This NDI-OD2 molecule exhibits comparable optical (Eg(UV) ∼3.1 eV) and electrochemical band gaps (Eg(CV) ∼3.02 eV) with a lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy levels of ∼3.3 eV. When processed by solution method, this material forms rod-shaped crystalline microstructures, whereas, when thermally deposited, it assumes the formation of smooth 2D films. The chemical as well as physical properties and theoretical calculations of NDI-OD2 have been studied and the effect of the C-18 alkyl chain unit has been discussed. The OTFT consisting of NDI-OD2 exhibits excellent performance parameters such as high electron mobility (μe) and Ion-to-Ioff ratio. After demonstrating the high performance of NDI-OD2-based TFT devices fabricated with biocompatible PVA dielectric, we have also demonstrated that these devices can be degraded because of the presence of this PVA dielectric when exposed to a high-moisture environment. The systematic degradation of the device activity in a controlled way within 10 days of exposure (>80% moisture) is also presented here. In this study, a conceptually important feature and futuristic aspect that the n-channel TFT devices can also be biodegraded irreversibly is demonstrated. This concept of developing a low cost and biodegradable OTFT device with biocompatible PVA dielectric with excellent electron mobility is expected to have diverse applications in disposable electronic tags, biomedical devices, and food industry packing

  20. Al2O3/TiO2 nanolaminate thin film encapsulation for organic thin film transistors via plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition.

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    Kim, Lae Ho; Kim, Kyunghun; Park, Seonuk; Jeong, Yong Jin; Kim, Haekyoung; Chung, Dae Sung; Kim, Se Hyun; Park, Chan Eon

    2014-05-14

    Organic electronic devices require a passivation layer that protects the active layers from moisture and oxygen because most organic materials are very sensitive to such gases. Passivation films for the encapsulation of organic electronic devices need excellent stability and mechanical properties. Although Al2O3 films obtained with plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) have been tested as passivation layers because of their excellent gas barrier properties, amorphous Al2O3 films are significantly corroded by water. In this study, we examined the deformation of PEALD Al2O3 films when immersed in water and attempted to fabricate a corrosion-resistant passivation film by using a PEALD-based Al2O3/TiO2 nanolamination (NL) technique. Our Al2O3/TiO2 NL films were found to exhibit excellent water anticorrosion and low gas permeation and require only low-temperature processing (<100 °C). Organic thin film transistors with excellent air-stability (52 days under high humidity (a relative humidity of 90% and a temperature of 38 °C)) were fabricated. PMID:24712401

  1. Low-temperature, solution-processed ZrO2:B thin film: a bifunctional inorganic/organic interfacial glue for flexible thin-film transistors.

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    Park, Jee Ho; Oh, Jin Young; Han, Sun Woong; Lee, Tae Il; Baik, Hong Koo

    2015-03-01

    A solution-processed boron-doped peroxo-zirconium oxide (ZrO2:B) thin film has been found to have multifunctional characteristics, providing both hydrophobic surface modification and a chemical glue layer. Specifically, a ZrO2:B thin film deposited on a hydrophobic layer becomes superhydrophilic following ultraviolet-ozone (UVO) treatment, whereas the same treatment has no effect on the hydrophobicity of the hydrophobic layer alone. Investigation of the ZrO2:B/hydrophobic interface layer using angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AR XPS) confirmed it to be chemically bonded like glue. Using the multifunctional nature of the ZrO2:B thin film, flexible amorphous indium oxide (In2O3) thin-film transistors (TFTs) were subsequently fabricated on a polyimide substrate along with a ZrO2:B/poly-4-vinylphenol (PVP) dielectric. An aqueous In2O3 solution was successfully coated onto the ZrO2:B/PVP dielectric, and the surface and chemical properties of the PVP and ZrO2:B thin films were analyzed by contact angle measurement, atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface-engineered PVP dielectric was found to have a lower leakage current density (Jleak) of 4.38 × 10(-8) A/cm(2) at 1 MV/cm, with no breakdown behavior observed up to a bending radius of 5 mm. In contrast, the electrical characteristics of the flexible amorphous In2O3 TFT such as on/off current ratio (Ion/off) and electron mobility remained similar up to 10 mm of bending without degradation, with the device being nonactivated at a bending radius of 5 mm. These results suggest that ZrO2:B thin films could be used for low-temperature, solution-processed surface-modified flexible devices. PMID:25664940

  2. High performance organic thin film transistors with solution processed TTF-TCNQ charge transfer salt as electrodes.

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    Mukherjee, Biswanath; Mukherjee, Moumita

    2011-09-01

    Fabrication of high-performance organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) with solution processed organic charge transfer complex (TTF-TCNQ) film as bottom contact source-drain electrodes is reported. A novel capillary based method was used to deposit the source-drain electrodes from solution and to create the channel between the electrodes. Both p- and n-type OTFTs have been fabricated with solution deposited organic charge transfer film as contact electrodes. Comparison of the device performances between OTFTs with TTF-TCNQ as source-drain electrodes and those with Au electrodes (both top and bottom contact) indicate that better results have been obtained in organic complex film contacted OTFT. The high mobility, low threshold voltage, and efficient carrier injection in both types of OTFTs implies the potential use of the TTF-TCNQ based complex material as low-cost contact electrodes. The lower work function of the TTF-TCNQ electrode and better contact of the complex film with the organic thin film owing to the organic-organic interface results in efficient charge transfer into the semiconductor yielding high device performance. The present method having organic metal as contact materials promises great potential for the fabrication of all-organics and plastic electronics devices with high throughput and low-cost processing. PMID:21812432

  3. Impact of the Capacitance of the Dielectric on the Contact Resistance of Organic Thin-Film Transistors

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    Zojer, K.; Zojer, E.; Fernandez, A. F.; Gruber, M.

    2015-10-01

    As the operation of organic thin-film transistors relies exclusively on injected charge carriers, the gate-induced field assumes a dual role: It is responsible for charge-carrier accumulation and, provided that an injection barrier at the contact-semiconductor interface is present, aids charge-carrier injection across this barrier. Besides the gate-source bias, the thickness of the insulator and its dielectric constant influence the gate field. Here, we explore the impact of the capacitance of the gate dielectric on the performance of organic thin-film transistors utilizing drift-diffusion-based simulations comprising a self-consistent consideration of injection. Upon varying the capacitance of the insulating layer, we observe a conceptually different behavior for top-contact and bottom-contact architectures. Top-contact devices possess a nearly constant contact voltage in the linear regime leading to an apparent mobility lowering. In strong contrast, bottom-contact architectures possess non-Ohmic contact resistances in the linear regime due to a contact voltage whose value depends strongly on both the gate-source bias and the capacitance. Counterintuitively, this is accompanied by a mobility being apparently unaffected by the substantial contact resistance. Additionally, threshold-voltage shifts appear due to gate-limited injection. The latter is particularly dominant in bottom-contact architectures, where the threshold voltages steeply increase with the thickness of the insulating layer.

  4. Thin Film Transistors On Plastic Substrates

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    Carey, Paul G.; Smith, Patrick M.; Sigmon, Thomas W.; Aceves, Randy C.

    2004-01-20

    A process for formation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic substrates replaces standard thin film transistor fabrication techniques, and uses sufficiently lower processing temperatures so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The silicon based thin film transistor produced by the process includes a low temperature substrate incapable of withstanding sustained processing temperatures greater than about 250.degree. C., an insulating layer on the substrate, a layer of silicon on the insulating layer having sections of doped silicon, undoped silicon, and poly-silicon, a gate dielectric layer on the layer of silicon, a layer of gate metal on the dielectric layer, a layer of oxide on sections of the layer of silicon and the layer of gate metal, and metal contacts on sections of the layer of silicon and layer of gate metal defining source, gate, and drain contacts, and interconnects.

  5. Air-stable n-type organic thin-film transistor array and high gain complementary inverter on flexible substrate

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    Fujisaki, Yoshihide; Nakajima, Yoshiki; Kumaki, Daisuke; Yamamoto, Toshihiro; Tokito, Shizuo; Kono, Takahiro; Nishida, Jun-ichi; Yamashita, Yoshiro

    2010-09-01

    Air-stable n-type organic thin-film transistor (TFT) arrays and a complementary inverter circuit were fabricated on a flexible substrate. A benzobis(thiadiazole) (BBT) derivative-based TFT showed excellent air- stability and performances such as an electron mobility of over 0.1 cm2/V s, a large ON/OFF ratio over 108 when combined with a cross-linkable olefin-type polymer gate dielectric. In addition, an organic complementary inverter that combined the BBT derivative and a pentacene TFT demonstrated a sharp switching behavior and a high gain of over 150. We attribute these excellent characteristics to a combination of the low-lying lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of n-type semiconductor material and the low interface trap of the gate dielectric.

  6. Low-voltage and hysteresis-free organic thin-film transistors employing solution-processed hybrid bilayer gate dielectrics

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    Ha, Tae-Jun

    2014-07-01

    This study presents a promising approach to realize low-voltage (<3 V) organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) exhibiting improved electrical and optical stability. Such device performance results from the use of solution-processed hybrid bilayer gate dielectrics consisting of zirconium dioxide (high-k dielectric) and amorphous fluoropolymer, CYTOP® (low-k dielectric). Employing a very thin amorphous fluoropolymer film reduces interfacial defect-states by repelling water molecules and other aqueous chemicals from an organic semiconductor active layer due to the hydrophobic surface-property. The chemically clean interface, stemming from decrease in density of trap states improves all the key device properties such as field-effect mobility, threshold voltage, and sub-threshold swing. Furthermore, degradation by electrical bias-stress and photo-induced hysteresis were suppressed in OTFTs employing hybrid bilayer gate dielectrics.

  7. Low-voltage and hysteresis-free organic thin-film transistors employing solution-processed hybrid bilayer gate dielectrics

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    Ha, Tae-Jun

    2014-07-28

    This study presents a promising approach to realize low-voltage (<3 V) organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) exhibiting improved electrical and optical stability. Such device performance results from the use of solution-processed hybrid bilayer gate dielectrics consisting of zirconium dioxide (high-k dielectric) and amorphous fluoropolymer, CYTOP{sup ®} (low-k dielectric). Employing a very thin amorphous fluoropolymer film reduces interfacial defect-states by repelling water molecules and other aqueous chemicals from an organic semiconductor active layer due to the hydrophobic surface-property. The chemically clean interface, stemming from decrease in density of trap states improves all the key device properties such as field-effect mobility, threshold voltage, and sub-threshold swing. Furthermore, degradation by electrical bias-stress and photo-induced hysteresis were suppressed in OTFTs employing hybrid bilayer gate dielectrics.

  8. High voltage surface potential measurements in ambient conditions: Application to organic thin-film transistor injection and transport characterization

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    de Tournadre, Grégoire; Reisdorffer, Frédéric; Rödel, Reinhold; Simonetti, Olivier; Klauk, Hagen; Giraudet, Louis

    2016-03-01

    A scanning surface potential measurement technique suited for thin-film devices operating under high voltages is reported. A commercial atomic force microscope has been customized to enable a feedback-controlled and secure surface potential measurement based on phase-shift detection under ambient conditions. Measurements of the local potential profile along the channel of bottom-gate organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) are shown to be useful to disentangle the contributions from the channel and contacts to the device performance. Intrinsic contact current-voltage characteristics have been measured on bottom-gate, top-contact (staggered) TFTs based on the small-molecule semiconductor dinaphtho[2,3-b:2',3-f]thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DNTT) and on bottom-gate, bottom-contact (coplanar) TFTs based on the semiconducting polymer polytriarylamine (PTAA). Injection has been found to be linear in the staggered DNTT TFTs and nonlinear in the coplanar PTAA TFTs. In both types of TFT, the injection efficiency has been found to improve with increasing gate bias in the accumulation regime. Contact resistances as low as 130 Ω cm have been measured in the DNTT TFTs. A method that eliminates the influence of bias-stress-induced threshold-voltage shifts when measuring the local charge-carrier mobility in the channel is also introduced, and intrinsic channel mobilities of 1.5 cm2 V-1 s-1 and 1.1 × 10-3 cm2 V-1 s-1 have been determined for DNTT and PTAA. In both semiconductors, the mobility has been found to be constant with respect to the gate bias. Despite its simplicity, the Kelvin probe force microscopy method reported here provides robust and accurate surface potential measurements on thin-film devices under operation and thus paves the way towards more extensive studies of particular interest in emerging fields of solid-state electronics.

  9. Organic Ferroelectric Field-Effect Transistor Memory Using Flat Poly(vinylidene fluoride-tetrafluoroethylene) and Pentacene Thin Films

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    Kanashima, Takeshi; Yabe, Kazuki; Okuyama, Masanori

    2012-02-01

    Organic ferroelectric field-effect transistor (FET) memories have been fabricated using pentacene as the semiconductor and a flat poly(vinylidene fluoride-tetrafluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TeFE)] thin film as the ferroelectric gate. The P(VDF-TeFE) film is prepared by spin coating, and it was cooled slowly with a flattening process after annealing. The polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis of the P(VDF-TeFE) thin film prepared by slow cooling is larger than that in the case of quick cooling. Moreover, the flattening process does not have a negative effect on ferroelectric properties. The obtained remanent polarization (Pr) of 5.2 µC/cm2 is sufficient for controlling the pentacene surface potential. Good memory characteristics are obtained in the P(VDF-TeFE) gate FET with pentacene deposited on the flat P(VDF-TeFE). The maximum drain current is about twice larger than that deposited on the rough P(VDF-TeFE) prepared by quick cooling, and the memory retention is over 1 week.

  10. Air-stable solution-processed n-channel organic thin film transistors with polymer-enhanced morphology

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    He, Zhengran; Shaik, Shoieb; Bi, Sheng; Chen, Jihua; Li, Dawen

    2015-05-01

    N,N'-1H,1H-perfluorobutyl dicyanoperylenecarboxydiimide (PDIF-CN2) is an n-type semiconductor exhibiting high electron mobility and excellent air stability. However, the reported electron mobility based on spin-coated PDIF-CN2 film is much lower than the value of PDIF-CN2 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) (PαMS), are pre-coated on silicon substrate aiming to enhance the morphology of the PDIF-CN2 thin film, thereby improving the charge transport and air stability. Atomic force microscopy images reveal that with the pre-deposition of PαMS or PMMA polymers, the morphology of the PDIF-CN2 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 cm2/V s has been achieved from OTFTs based on the PDIF-CN2 film with the pre-deposition of PαMS polymer.

  11. Effect of Pentacene-dielectric Affinity on Pentacene Thin Film Growth Morphology in Organic Field-effect Transistors

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    S Kim; M Jang; H Yang; C Park

    2011-12-31

    Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) are fabricated by depositing a thin film of semiconductor on the functionalized surface of a SiO{sub 2} dielectric. The chemical and morphological structures of the interface between the semiconductor and the functionalized dielectric are critical for OFET performance. We have characterized the effect of the affinity between semiconductor and functionalized dielectric on the properties of the semiconductor-dielectric interface. The crystalline microstructure/nanostructure of the pentacene semiconductor layers, grown on a dielectric substrate that had been functionalized with either poly(4-vinyl pyridine) or polystyrene (to control hydrophobicity), and grown under a series of substrate temperatures and deposition rates, were characterized by X-ray diffraction, photoemission spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. By comparing the morphological features of the semiconductor thin films with the device characteristics (field-effect mobility, threshold voltage, and hysteresis) of the OFET devices, the effect of affinity-driven properties on charge modulation, charge trapping, and charge carrier transport could be described.

  12. Air-stable solution-processed n-channel organic thin film transistors with polymer-enhanced morphology

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    He, Zhengran; Shaik, Shoieb; Bi, Sheng; Li, Dawen; Chen, Jihua

    2015-05-04

    N,N′-1H,1H-perfluorobutyl dicyanoperylenecarboxydiimide (PDIF-CN{sub 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{sub 2} film is much lower than the value of PDIF-CN{sub 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) (PαMS), are pre-coated on silicon substrate aiming to enhance the morphology of the PDIF-CN{sub 2} thin film, thereby improving the charge transport and air stability. Atomic force microscopy images reveal that with the pre-deposition of PαMS or PMMA polymers, the morphology of the PDIF-CN{sub 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{sup 2}/V s has been achieved from OTFTs based on the PDIF-CN{sub 2} film with the pre-deposition of PαMS polymer.

  13. Ultra-high mobility transparent organic thin film transistors grown by an off-centre spin-coating method

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Giri, Gaurav; Ayzner, Alexander L.; Zoombelt, Arjan P.; Mannsfeld, Stefan C. B.; Chen, Jihua; Nordlund, Dennis; Toney, Michael F.; Huang, Jinsong; Bao, Zhenan

    2014-01-01

    Organic semiconductors with higher carrier mobility and better transparency have been actively pursued for numerous applications, such as flat-panel display backplane and sensor arrays. The carrier mobility is an important figure of merit and is sensitively influenced by the crystallinity and the molecular arrangement in a crystal lattice. Here we describe the growth of a highly aligned meta-stable structure of 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (C8-BTBT) from a blended solution of C8-BTBT and polystyrene by using a novel off-centre spin-coating method. Combined with a vertical phase separation of the blend, the highly aligned, meta-stable C8-BTBT films provide a significantly increased thin film transistor hole mobility up to 43 cm2 Vs-1 (25 cm2 Vs-1 on average), which is the highest value reported to date for all organic molecules. The resulting transistors show high transparency of >90% over the visible spectrum, indicating their potential for transparent, high-performance organic electronics.

  14. A novel structure of directly patterned isolating layer for organic thin-film transistor-driven organic light emitting diodes

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    Wang, Yi-Kai; Lin, Tsung-Hsien; Yan, Jing-Yi; Lee, Tzu-Wei; Shen, Yu-Yuan; Yeh, Shu-Tang; Tseng, Mei-Rurng; Wu, Po-Sheng; Lin, Kuo-Tong; Chen, Chia-Hsun; Ho, Jia-Chong

    2007-09-01

    Mono-chrome phosphorescence Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) operated by organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) with a 32×32 array are fabricated with a novel method, and the results reveal a fabulous demonstration. The later isolation, which segregated source/drain electrodes and an OLED cathode, was designed in our OTFT-OLED pixel. In the OTFT-OLED process; we used the polymer isolating layer which was deposited by spin coating and patterned by traditional photo-lithography before the organic semiconductor and OLED deposition. However, the residue polymer affect of OTFT electric properties which have poor mobility (5×10-4 cm2/V-s), a lower on/off ratio (~103), and a positive threshold voltage (4.5 V), and devices, have poor uniformity. Using UV-Ozone treatment could enhance OTFT mobility (2×10-2 cm2/V-s) and permit higher devices uniformity, but the threshold voltage would still have a positive 5.1 V. This threshold voltage was not a good operation mode for display application because this operation voltage was not fit for our driving systems. In order to overcome this problem, a new structure of OTFT-OLED pixel was designed and combined with a new-material isolating layer process. This new process could fabricate an OTFT-OLED array successfully and have a nice uniformity. After the isolating layer process, OTFT devices have a higher mobility (0.1×10-2 cm2/V-s), a higher on-off ratio (~107) a lower threshold voltage (-9.7 V), and a higher devices uniformity.

  15. Pulsed laser processing of poly(3,3‴-didodecyl quarter thiophene) semiconductor for organic thin film transistors

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    Constantinescu, C.; Rapp, L.; Rotaru, P.; Delaporte, P.; Alloncle, A. P.

    2015-04-01

    We report on the growth of thin solid layers of poly(3,3‴ didodecyl quater thiophene) (PQT-12) by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE), on silicon and quartz substrates. The effects of PQT-12 solubilization in toluene, anisole, 1,2-dichlorobenzene, and a mixture of chlorobenzene and 1,2-dichlorobenzene, are discussed with respect to the MAPLE technique. Different film thicknesses have been grown, and their morphology and optical properties are presented. Thermal analysis studies have been realized to understand and explain the laser-induced photo-thermal effects on the organic semiconductor. Subsequently, micrometric-sized pixels of PQT-12 have been printed by laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT), with the goal to fabricate organic thin-film transistors (OTFT) devices. The influence of the donor films thickness and morphology, in LIFT experiments, is discussed. Electrical characterizations supplement this study, the resulting printed transistors are fully functional and provide field-effect mobility up to 5 × 10-3 cm2 · V-1 · s-1 together with current modulation of 106.

  16. A Soluble Dynamic Complex Strategy for the Solution-Processed Fabrication of Organic Thin-Film Transistors of a Boron-Containing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon.

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    Matsuo, Kyohei; Saito, Shohei; Yamaguchi, Shigehiro

    2016-09-19

    The solution-processed fabrication of thin films of organic semiconductors enables the production of cost-effective, large-area organic electronic devices under mild conditions. The formation/dissociation of a dynamic B-N coordination bond can be used for the solution-processed fabrication of semiconducting films of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) materials. The poor solubility of a boron-containing PAH in chloroform, toluene, and chlorobenzene was significantly improved by addition of minor amounts (1 wt % of solvent) of pyridine derivatives, as their coordination to the boron atom suppresses the inherent propensity of the PAHs to form π-stacks. Spin-coating solutions of the thus formed Lewis acid-base complexes resulted in the formation of amorphous thin films, which could be converted into polycrystalline films of the boron-containing PAH upon thermal annealing. Organic thin-film transistors prepared by this solution process displayed typical p-type characteristics. PMID:27576306

  17. Nonvolatile memory characteristics of organic thin film transistors using poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-based polymer multilayer dielectric

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    Chen, Ying-Chih; Su, Yan-Kuin; Yu, Hsin-Chieh; Huang, Chun-Yuan; Huang, Tsung-Syun

    2011-10-01

    A wide hysteresis width characteristic (memory window) was observed in the organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) using poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA)-based polymer multilayers. In this study, a strong memory effect was also found in the pentacene-based OTFTs and the electric characteristics were improved by introducing PHEMA/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/PHEMA trilayer to replace the conventional PHEMA monolayer or PMMA/PHEMA and PHEMA/PMMA bilayer as the dielectric layers of OTFTs. The memory effect was originated from the electron trapping and slow polarization of the dielectrics. The hydroxyl (-OH) groups inside the polymer dielectric were the main charge storage sites of the electrons. This charge-storage phenomenon could lead to a wide flat-band voltage shift (memory window, △VFB = 22 V) which is essential for the OTFTs' memory-related applications. Moreover, the fabricated transistors also exhibited significant switchable channel current due to the charge-storage and slow charge relaxation.

  18. Furan Substituted Diketopyrrolopyrrole and Thienylenevinylene Based Low Band Gap Copolymer for High Mobility Organic Thin Film Transistors

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    Sonar, Prashant; Zhuo, Jing-Mei; Zhao, Li-Hong; Lim, Kai-Ming; Chen, Jihua; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Singh, Samarendra; Chua, Lay-Lay; Ho, Peter; Dodabalapur, Ananth

    2012-01-01

    A novel solution processable donor-acceptor (D-A) based low band gap polymer semiconductor poly{l_brace}3,6-difuran-2-yl-2,5-di(2-octyldodecyl)-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione-alt-thienylenevinylene{r_brace} (PDPPF-TVT), was designed and synthesized by a Pd-catalyzed Stille coupling route. An electron deficient furan based diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) block and electron rich thienylenevinylene (TVT) donor moiety were attached alternately in the polymer backbone. The polymer exhibited good solubility, film forming ability and thermal stability. The polymer exhibits wide absorption bands from 400 nm to 950 nm (UV-vis-NIR region) with absorption maximum centered at 782 nm in thin film. The optical band gap (E{sub g}{sup opt}) calculated from the polymer film absorption onset is around 1.37 eV. The {pi}-energy band level (ionization potential) calculated by photoelectron spectroscopy in air (PESA) for PDPPF-TVT is around 5.22 eV. AFM and TEM analyses of the polymer reveal nodular terrace morphology with optimized crystallinity after 200 C thermal annealing. This polymer exhibits p-channel charge transport characteristics when used as the active semiconductor in organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) devices. The highest hole mobility of 0.13 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} is achieved in bottom gate and top-contact OTFT devices with on/off ratios in the range of 10{sup 6}-10{sup 7}. This work reveals that the replacement of thiophene by furan in DPP copolymers exhibits such a high mobility, which makes DPP furan a promising block for making a wide range of promising polymer semiconductors for broad applications in organic electronics.

  19. Microscopic hole-transfer efficiency in organic thin-film transistors studied with charge-modulation spectroscopy

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    Miyata, Kiyoshi; Tanaka, Shunsuke; Ishino, Yuuta; Watanabe, Kazuya; Uemura, Takafumi; Takeya, Jun; Sugimoto, Toshiki; Matsumoto, Yoshiyasu

    2015-05-01

    While the microscopic transfer properties of carriers are of primary importance for carrier transport of organic semiconductors, the mesoscopic features including the morphologies of grains and the structure of grain boundaries limit the overall carrier transport particularly in polycrystalline organic thin films. Thus the conventional evaluation methods of carrier mobility that rely on macroscopic properties such as I -V curves of devices are not capable to determine carrier transfer probability at the molecular level. Here, we present a method for evaluating the relative strengths of transfer integrals using charge-modulation spectroscopy on thin-film transistors of dinaphtho[2 ,3 -b :2',3'-f ]thieno[3 ,2 -b ]thiophene (DNTT) and its alkylated derivatives (Cn-DNTT, n =8 , 10, and 12). The band edges of absorption spectra of holes at around 1.9 eV show bathochromic shifts with increasing length of alkyl chains introduced at both ends of a DNTT chromophore. Applying a two-dimensional model with Holstein-type Hamiltonians to electronic transitions of holes, we have been able to simulate the features of the absorption band edges observed. The simulations indicate that the bathochromic shifts are due to an increase in the transfer integrals of holes with increasing length of alkyl chains. Thus this analysis confirmed that the subtle changes in the mutual orientations between adjacent DNTT chromophores induced by alkyl chains enhance the microscopic hole transfer rate. Although this fastener effect has been suggested by hole mobility measurements by I -V curves, the spectral analysis in this study gives clear evidence of this effect at the molecular level.

  20. Microstructural control of charge transport in organic blend thin-film transistors

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    Hunter, Simon; Chen, Jihua; Anthopoulos, Thomas D.

    2014-07-17

    In this paper, the charge-transport processes in organic p-channel transistors based on the small-molecule 2,8-difluoro-5,11-bis(triethylsilylethynyl)anthradithiophene (diF-TES ADT), the polymer poly(triarylamine)(PTAA) and blends thereof are investigated. In the case of blend films, lateral conductive atomic force microscopy in combination with energy filtered transmission electron microscopy are used to study the evolution of charge transport as a function of blends composition, allowing direct correlation of the film's elemental composition and morphology with hole transport. Low-temperature transport measurements reveal that optimized blend devices exhibit lower temperature dependence of hole mobility than pristine PTAA devices while also providing a narrower bandgap trap distribution than pristine diF-TES ADT devices. These combined effects increase the mean hole mobility in optimized blends to 2.4 cm2/Vs; double the value measured for best diF-TES ADT-only devices. The bandgap trap distribution in transistors based on different diF-TES ADT:PTAA blend ratios are compared and the act of blending these semiconductors is seen to reduce the trap distribution width yet increase the average trap energy compared to pristine diF-TES ADT-based devices. In conclusion, our measurements suggest that an average trap energy of <75 meV and a trap distribution of <100 meV is needed to achieve optimum hole mobility in transistors based on diF-TES ADT:PTAA blends.

  1. Microstructural control of charge transport in organic blend thin-film transistors

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    Hunter, Simon; Chen, Jihua; Anthopoulos, Thomas D.

    2014-07-17

    In this paper, the charge-transport processes in organic p-channel transistors based on the small-molecule 2,8-difluoro-5,11-bis(triethylsilylethynyl)anthradithiophene (diF-TES ADT), the polymer poly(triarylamine)(PTAA) and blends thereof are investigated. In the case of blend films, lateral conductive atomic force microscopy in combination with energy filtered transmission electron microscopy are used to study the evolution of charge transport as a function of blends composition, allowing direct correlation of the film's elemental composition and morphology with hole transport. Low-temperature transport measurements reveal that optimized blend devices exhibit lower temperature dependence of hole mobility than pristine PTAA devices while also providing a narrower bandgap trap distribution thanmore » pristine diF-TES ADT devices. These combined effects increase the mean hole mobility in optimized blends to 2.4 cm2/Vs; double the value measured for best diF-TES ADT-only devices. The bandgap trap distribution in transistors based on different diF-TES ADT:PTAA blend ratios are compared and the act of blending these semiconductors is seen to reduce the trap distribution width yet increase the average trap energy compared to pristine diF-TES ADT-based devices. In conclusion, our measurements suggest that an average trap energy of <75 meV and a trap distribution of <100 meV is needed to achieve optimum hole mobility in transistors based on diF-TES ADT:PTAA blends.« less

  2. Electron Mobility Exceeding 10 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and Band-Like Charge Transport in Solution-Processed n-Channel Organic Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Xu, Xiaomin; Yao, Yifan; Shan, Bowen; Gu, Xiao; Liu, Danqing; Liu, Jinyu; Xu, Jianbin; Zhao, Ni; Hu, Wenping; Miao, Qian

    2016-07-01

    Solution-processed n-channel organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) that exhibit a field-effect mobility as high as 11 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature and a band-like temperature dependence of electron mobility are reported. By comparison of solution-processed OTFTs with vacuum-deposited OTFTs of the same organic semiconductor, it is found that grain boundaries are a key factor inhibiting band-like charge transport. PMID:27151777

  3. Nanowire-organic thin film transistor integration and scale up towards developing sensor array for biomedical sensing applications

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    Kumar, Prashanth S.; Hankins, Phillip T.; Rai, Pratyush; Varadan, Vijay K.

    2010-04-01

    Exploratory research works have demonstrated the capability of conducting nanowire arrays in enhancing the sensitivity and selectivity of bio-electrodes in sensing applications. With the help of different surface manipulation techniques, a wide range of biomolecules have been successfully immobilized on these nanowires. Flexible organic electronics, thin film transistor (TFT) fabricated on flexible substrate, was a breakthrough that enabled development of logic circuits on flexible substrate. In many health monitoring scenarios, a series of biomarkers, physical properties and vital signals need to be observed. Since the nano-bio-electrodes are capable of measuring all or most of them, it has been aptly suggested that a series of electrode (array) on single substrate shall be an excellent point of care tool. This requires an efficient control system for signal acquisition and telemetry. An array of flexible TFTs has been designed that acts as active matrix for controlled switching of or scanning by the sensor array. This array is a scale up of the flexible organic TFT that has been fabricated and rigorously tested in previous studies. The integration of nanowire electrodes to the organic electronics was approached by growing nanowires on the same substrate as TFTs and fl ip chip packaging, where the nanowires and TFTs are made on separate substrates. As a proof of concept, its application has been explored in various multi-focal biomedical sensing applications, such as neural probes for monitoring neurite growth, dopamine, and neuron activity; myocardial ischemia for spatial monitoring of myocardium.

  4. Fabrication and characterization of p+-i-p+ type organic thin film transistors with electrodes of highly doped polymer

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    Tadaki, Daisuke; Ma, Teng; Zhang, Jinyu; Iino, Shohei; Hirano-Iwata, Ayumi; Kimura, Yasuo; Rosenberg, Richard A.; Niwano, Michio

    2016-04-01

    Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) have been explored because of their advantageous features such as light-weight, flexible, and large-area. For more practical application of organic electronic devices, it is very important to realize OTFTs that are composed only of organic materials. In this paper, we have fabricated p+-i-p+ type of OTFTs in which an intrinsic (i) regioregular poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) layer is used as the active layer and highly doped p-type (p+) P3HT is used as the source and drain electrodes. The 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) was used as the p-type dopant. A fabricating method of p+-i-p+ OTFTs has been developed by using SiO2 and aluminum films as capping layers for micro-scaled patterning of the p+-P3HT electrodes. The characteristics of the OTFTs were examined using the photoelectron spectroscopy and electrical measurements. We demonstrated that the fabricated p+-i-p+ OTFTs work with carrier injection through a built-in potential at p+/i interfaces. We found that the p+-i-p+ OTFTs exhibit better FET characteristics than the conventional P3HT-OTFT with metal (Au) electrodes, indicating that the influence of a carrier injection barrier at the interface between the electrode and the active layer was suppressed by replacing the metal electrodes with p+-P3HT layers.

  5. Design of an Auto-zeroed, Differential, Organic Thin-film Field-effect Transistor Amplifier for Sensor Applications

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    Binkley, David M.; Verma, Nikhil; Crawford, Robert L.; Brandon, Erik; Jackson, Thomas N.

    2004-01-01

    Organic strain gauge and other sensors require high-gain, precision dc amplification to process their low-level output signals. Ideally, amplifiers would be fabricated using organic thin-film field-effect transistors (OTFT's) adjacent to the sensors. However, OTFT amplifiers exhibit low gain and high input-referred dc offsets that must be effectively managed. This paper presents a four-stage, cascaded differential OTFT amplifier utilizing switched capacitor auto-zeroing. Each stage provides a nominal voltage gain of four through a differential pair driving low-impedance active loads, which provide common-mode output voltage control. p-type pentacence OTFT's are used for the amplifier devices and auto-zero switches. Simulations indicate the amplifier provides a nominal voltage gain of 280 V/V and effectively amplifies a 1-mV dc signal in the presence of 500-mV amplifier input-referred dc offset voltages. Future work could include the addition of digital gain calibration and offset correction of residual offsets associated with charge injection imbalance in the differential circuits.

  6. 3.4-Inch Quarter High Definition Flexible Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Display with Oxide Thin Film Transistor

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    Hatano, Kaoru; Chida, Akihiro; Okano, Tatsuya; Sugisawa, Nozomu; Inoue, Tatsunori; Seo, Satoshi; Suzuki, Kunihiko; Oikawa, Yoshiaki; Miyake, Hiroyuki; Koyama, Jun; Yamazaki, Shunpei; Eguchi, Shingo; Katayama, Masahiro; Sakakura, Masayuki

    2011-03-01

    In this paper, we report a 3.4-in. flexible active matrix organic light emitting display (AMOLED) display with remarkably high definition (quarter high definition: QHD) in which oxide thin film transistors (TFTs) are used. We have developed a transfer technology in which a TFT array formed on a glass substrate is separated from the substrate by physical force and then attached to a flexible plastic substrate. Unlike a normal process in which a TFT array is directly fabricated on a thin plastic substrate, our transfer technology permits a high integration of high performance TFTs, such as low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFTs (LTPS TFTs) and oxide TFTs, on a plastic substrate, because a flat, rigid, and thermally-stable glass substrate can be used in the TFT fabrication process in our transfer technology. As a result, this technology realized an oxide TFT array for an AMOLED on a plastic substrate. Furthermore, in order to achieve a high-definition AMOLED, color filters were incorporated in the TFT array and a white organic light-emitting diode (OLED) was combined. One of the features of this device is that the whole body of the device can be bent freely because a source driver and a gate driver can be integrated on the substrate due to the high mobility of an oxide TFT. This feature means “true” flexibility.

  7. Oxide Semiconductor-Based Flexible Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Thin-Film Transistors Fabricated on Polydimethylsiloxane Elastomer.

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    Jung, Soon-Won; Choi, Jeong-Seon; Park, Jung Ho; Koo, Jae Bon; Park, Chan Woo; Na, Bock Soon; Oh, Ji-Young; Lim, Sang Chul; Lee, Sang Seok; Chu, Hye Yong

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate flexible organic/inorganic hybrid thin-film transistors (TFTs) on a polydimethysilox- ane (PDMS) elastomer substrate. The active channel and gate insulator of the hybrid TFT are composed of In-Ga-Zn-O (IGZO) and blends of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [P(VDF- TrFE)] with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), respectively. It has been confirmed that the fabri- cated TFT display excellent characteristics: the recorded field-effect mobility, sub-threshold voltage swing, and I(on)/I(off) ratio were approximately 0.35 cm2 V(-1) s(-1), 1.5 V/decade, and 10(4), respectively. These characteristics did not experience any degradation at a bending radius of 15 mm. These results correspond to the first demonstration of a hybrid-type TFT using an organic gate insulator/oxide semiconducting active channel structure fabricated on PDMS elastomer, and demonstrate the feasibility of a promising device in a flexible electronic system. PMID:27455702

  8. Organic thin film transistor with poly(4-vinylbiphenyl) blended 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene on propyleneglycolmonomethyletheracetate dielectric surface.

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    Kwon, Jae-Hong; Shin, Sang-Il; Choi, Jinnil; Chung, Myung-Ho; Oh, Tae-Yeon; Kim, Kyung-Hwan; Choi, Dong Hoon; Ju, Byeong-Kwon

    2010-05-01

    This paper presents the latest results in the use of soluble materials, such as organic semiconductors (OSCs) and gate-dielectrics, for simplified processing of organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). In this work, the fabrication of a solution-processed OTFT, with 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS-pentacene) and TIPS-pentacene mixed with poly(4-vinylbiphenyl) (PVBP) as the OSC, and propyleneglycolmonomethyletheracetate (PGMEA) as the gate-dielectric, is described. From electrical measurements, we observed exemplary I-V characteristics for these TFTs. Device performance characteristics have been obtained, including the charge carrier mobility (micro) of 1.47 x 10(-2) cm2Ns, threshold voltage (V(T)) of -11.36 V, current on/off ratio (I(ON/OFF)) of 1.08 x 10(4), sub-threshold swing (SS) of 2.13 V/decade for an OTFT with PVBP blended TIPS-pentacene and micro of 1.39 x 10(-4) cm2/Vs, V(T) of 0.7 V, I(ON/OFF) of 1.64 x 10(3), SS of 4.21 V/decade for an OTFT without polymer binder, individually. PMID:20358921

  9. Improving the Performance of Organic Thin-Film Transistors by Ion Doping of Ethylene-Glycol-Based Self-Assembled Monolayer Hybrid Dielectrics.

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    Dietrich, Hanno; Scheiner, Simon; Portilla, Luis; Zahn, Dirk; Halik, Marcus

    2015-12-22

    Tuning the electrostatics of ethylene-glycol-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) by doping with ions is shown. Molecular dynamics simulations unravel binding mechanisms and predict dipole strengths of the doped layers. Additionally, by applying such layers as dielectrics in organic thin-film transistors, the incorporated ions are proven to enhance device performance by lowering the threshold voltage and increasing conductivity. PMID:26524344

  10. Amorphous silicon thin film transistor active-matrix organic light-emitting diode displays fabricated on flexible substrates

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    Nichols, Jonathan A.

    Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays are of immense interest because they have several advantages over liquid crystal displays, the current dominant flat panel display technology. OLED displays are emissive and therefore are brighter, have a larger viewing angle, and do not require backlights and filters, allowing thinner, lighter, and more power efficient displays. The goal of this work was to advance the state-of-the-art in active-matrix OLED display technology. First, hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin film transistor (TFT) active-matrix OLED pixels and arrays were designed and fabricated on glass substrates. The devices operated at low voltages and demonstrated that lower performance TFTs could be utilized in active-matrix OLED displays, possibly allowing lower cost processing and the use of polymeric substrates. Attempts at designing more control into the display at the pixel level were also made. Bistable (one bit gray scale) active-matrix OLED pixels and arrays were designed and fabricated. Such pixels could be used in novel applications and eventually help reduce the bandwidth requirements in high-resolution and large-area displays. Finally, a-Si:H TFT active-matrix OLED pixels and arrays were fabricated on a polymeric substrate. Displays fabricated on a polymeric substrates would be lightweight; flexible, more rugged, and potentially less expensive to fabricate. Many of the difficulties associated with fabricating active-matrix backplanes on flexible substrates were studied and addressed.

  11. Improving the performance of organic thin film transistors formed on a vacuum flash-evaporated acrylate insulator

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    Ding, Z. Abbas, G. A.; Assender, H. E.; Morrison, J. J.; Sanchez-Romaguera, V.; Yeates, S. G.; Taylor, D. M.

    2013-12-02

    A systematic investigation has been undertaken, in which thin polymer buffer layers with different ester content have been spin-coated onto a flash-evaporated, cross-linked diacrylate gate-insulator to form bottom-gate, top-contact organic thin-film transistors. The highest device mobilities, ∼0.65 cm{sup 2}/V s and ∼1.00 cm{sup 2}/V s for pentacene and dinaphtho[2,3-b:2′,3′-f]-thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DNTT), respectively, were only observed for a combination of large-grain (∼1–2 μm) semiconductor morphology coupled with a non-polar dielectric surface. No correlation was found between semiconductor grain size and dielectric surface chemistry. The threshold voltage of pentacene devices shifted from −10 V to −25 V with decreasing surface ester content, but remained close to 0 V for DNTT.

  12. Field-induced polymorphous disorder and bias-stress instability of pentacene organic thin-film transistors

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    Ando, Masahiko; Duffy, Claudia; Winfield, Jessica; Minakata, Takashi; Sirringhaus, Henning

    2008-03-01

    We propose a field-induced polymorphous disorder model to explain bias-stress instability in pentacene organic thin-film transistors Field-effect mobility at 0.7 cm^2/Vs and threshold voltage, Vth, at 0 V were obtained by using highly crystalline zone-casted pentacene semiconductor on benzocyclobutene insulator. Vth shifted up to +25V with positive gate bias-stress at +40 V for 15 hours and recovered after gate bias removal. Vth recovery was drastically accelerated by direct photo-excitation of pentacene and it indicated electrons were trapped in pentacene and not in BCB. After annealing at 130 C in N2, the initial electrical performance were recovered. Micro-Raman spectroscopy of pentacene at the channel revealed that shape of the C-H vibrational peaks at around 1160 cm-2 changed reversibly in accordance with the positive shift and recovery of Vth. Our pentacene films with average d-spacing at 14.3 A were considered to be composed of a mixture (mosaic) of two kind of polymorphs with d-spacing at 14.1 A and 14.5 A. The polymorphous mixture should be disordered by electric field to create electron traps and induce Vth shift.

  13. Printable organic thin film transistors for glucose detection incorporating inkjet-printing of the enzyme recognition element

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    Elkington, D. Wasson, M.; Belcher, W.; Dastoor, P. C.; Zhou, X.

    2015-06-29

    The effect of device architecture upon the response of printable enzymatic glucose sensors based on poly(3-hexythiophene) (P3HT) organic thin film transistors is presented. The change in drain current is used as the basis for glucose detection and we show that significant improvements in drain current response time can be achieved by modifying the design of the sensor structure. In particular, we show that eliminating the dielectric layer and reducing the thickness of the active layer reduce the device response time considerably. The results are in good agreement with a diffusion based model of device operation, where an initial rapid dedoping process is followed by a slower doping of the P3HT layer from protons that are enzymatically generated by glucose oxidase (GOX) at the Nafion gate electrode. The fitted diffusion data are consistent with a P3HT doping region that is close to the source-drain electrodes rather than located at the P3HT:[Nafion:GOX] interface. Finally, we demonstrate that further improvements in sensor structure and morphology can be achieved by inkjet-printing the GOX layer, offering a pathway to low-cost printed biosensors for the detection of glucose in saliva.

  14. Printable organic thin film transistors for glucose detection incorporating inkjet-printing of the enzyme recognition element

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    Elkington, D.; Wasson, M.; Belcher, W.; Dastoor, P. C.; Zhou, X.

    2015-06-01

    The effect of device architecture upon the response of printable enzymatic glucose sensors based on poly(3-hexythiophene) (P3HT) organic thin film transistors is presented. The change in drain current is used as the basis for glucose detection and we show that significant improvements in drain current response time can be achieved by modifying the design of the sensor structure. In particular, we show that eliminating the dielectric layer and reducing the thickness of the active layer reduce the device response time considerably. The results are in good agreement with a diffusion based model of device operation, where an initial rapid dedoping process is followed by a slower doping of the P3HT layer from protons that are enzymatically generated by glucose oxidase (GOX) at the Nafion gate electrode. The fitted diffusion data are consistent with a P3HT doping region that is close to the source-drain electrodes rather than located at the P3HT:[Nafion:GOX] interface. Finally, we demonstrate that further improvements in sensor structure and morphology can be achieved by inkjet-printing the GOX layer, offering a pathway to low-cost printed biosensors for the detection of glucose in saliva.

  15. AFM, ellipsometry, XPS and TEM on ultra-thin oxide/polymer nanocomposite layers in organic thin film transistors.

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    Fian, A; Haase, A; Stadlober, B; Jakopic, G; Matsko, N B; Grogger, W; Leising, G

    2008-03-01

    Here we report on the fabrication and characterization of ultra-thin nanocomposite layers used as gate dielectric in low-voltage and high-performance flexible organic thin film transistors (oTFTs). Reactive sputtered zirconia layers were deposited with low thermal exposure of the substrate and the resulting porous oxide films with high leakage currents were spin-coated with an additional layer of poly-alpha-methylstyrene (P alphaMS). After this treatment a strong improvement of the oTFT performance could be observed; leakage currents could be eliminated almost completely. In ellipsometric studies a higher refractive index of the ZrO(2)/P alphaMS layers compared to the "as sputtered" zirconia films could be detected without a significant enhancement of the film thickness. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements of the surface topography clearly showed a surface smoothing after the P alphaMS coating. Further studies with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) also indicated that the polymer definitely did not form an extra layer. The polymer chains rather (self-)assemble in the nano-scaled interspaces of the porous oxide film giving an oxide-polymer "nanocomposite" with a high oxide filling grade resulting in high dielectric constants larger than 15. The dielectric strength of more than 1 MV cm(-1) is in good accordance with the polymer-filled interspaces. PMID:17952415

  16. Exposure to volatile organic compounds and kidney dysfunction in thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) workers.

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    Chang, Ta-Yuan; Huang, Kuei-Hung; Liu, Chiu-Shong; Shie, Ruei-Hao; Chao, Keh-Ping; Hsu, Wen-Hsin; Bao, Bo-Ying

    2010-06-15

    Many volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted during the manufacturing of thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), exposure to some of which has been reported to be associated with kidney dysfunction, but whether such an effect exists in TFT-LCD industry workers is unknown. This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the association between exposure to VOCs and kidney dysfunction among TFT-LCD workers. The results showed that ethanol (1811.0+/-1740.4 ppb), acetone (669.0+/-561.0 ppb), isopropyl alcohol (187.0+/-205.3 ppb) and propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate (PGMEA) (102.9+/-102.0 ppb) were the four dominant VOCs present in the workplace. The 63 array workers studied had a risk of kidney dysfunction 3.21-fold and 3.84-fold that of 61 cell workers and 18 module workers, respectively. Workers cumulatively exposed to a total level of isopropyl alcohol, PGMEA and propylene glycol monomethyl ether> or =324 ppb-year had a significantly higher risk of kidney dysfunction (adjusted OR=3.41, 95% CI=1.14-10.17) compared with those exposed to <25 ppb-year after adjustment for potential confounding factors. These findings indicated that array workers might be the group at greatest risk of kidney dysfunction within the TFT-LCD industry, and cumulative exposure to specific VOCs might be associated with kidney dysfunction. PMID:20227824

  17. Sensors employing Functionalized Conducting Polymer Thin Film Transistors

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    Tanese, M. C.; Torsi, L.; Cioffi, N.; Sabbatini, L.; Zambonin, P. G.

    2003-12-01

    Functionalized conducting polymers are employed as active layers in sensors with a thin film transistor (TFT) device structure. Such devices can work as multi-parameter sensors with responses that are fast, repeatable and reversible at room temperature. In this work, a strategy is proposed to enhance the chemical selectivity of organic TFT sensors, by selecting active layers that are made of conducting polymers bearing chemically different substituents. A modulation of the devices sensitivity towards analytes such as alcohols and ketones is demonstrated.

  18. Highly flexible electronics from scalable vertical thin film transistors.

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    Liu, Yuan; Zhou, Hailong; Cheng, Rui; Yu, Woojong; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2014-03-12

    Flexible thin-film transistors (TFTs) are of central importance for diverse electronic and particularly macroelectronic applications. The current TFTs using organic or inorganic thin film semiconductors are usually limited by either poor electrical performance or insufficient mechanical flexibility. Here, we report a new design of highly flexible vertical TFTs (VTFTs) with superior electrical performance and mechanical robustness. By using the graphene as a work-function tunable contact for amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) thin film, the vertical current flow across the graphene-IGZO junction can be effectively modulated by an external gate potential to enable VTFTs with a highest on-off ratio exceeding 10(5). The unique vertical transistor architecture can readily enable ultrashort channel devices with very high delivering current and exceptional mechanical flexibility. With large area graphene and IGZO thin film available, our strategy is intrinsically scalable for large scale integration of VTFT arrays and logic circuits, opening up a new pathway to highly flexible macroelectronics. PMID:24502192

  19. Solution-Processable BODIPY-Based Small Molecules for Semiconducting Microfibers in Organic Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Ozdemir, Mehmet; Choi, Donghee; Kwon, Guhyun; Zorlu, Yunus; Cosut, Bunyemin; Kim, Hyekyoung; Facchetti, Antonio; Kim, Choongik; Usta, Hakan

    2016-06-01

    Electron-deficient π-conjugated small molecules can function as electron-transporting semiconductors in various optoelectronic applications. Despite their unique structural, optical, and electronic properties, the development of BODIPY-based organic semiconductors has lagged behind that of other π-deficient units. Here, we report the design and synthesis of two novel solution-proccessable BODIPY-based small molecules (BDY-3T-BDY and BDY-4T-BDY) for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). The new semiconductors were fully characterized by (1)H/(13)C NMR, mass spectrometry, cyclic voltammetry, UV-vis spectroscopy, photoluminescence, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetric analysis. The single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) characterization of a key intermediate reveals crucial structural properties. Solution-sheared top-contact/bottom-gate OTFTs exhibited electron mobilities up to 0.01 cm(2)/V·s and current on/off ratios of >10(8). Film microstructural and morphological characterizations indicate the formation of relatively long (∼0.1 mm) and micrometer-sized (1-2 μm) crystalline fibers for BDY-4T-BDY-based films along the shearing direction. Fiber-alignment-induced charge-transport anisotropy (μ∥/μ⊥ ≈ 10) was observed, and higher mobilities were achieved when the microfibers were aligned along the conduction channel, which allows for efficient long-range charge-transport between source and drain electrodes. These OTFT performances are the highest reported to date for a BODIPY-based molecular semiconductor, and demonstrate that BODIPY is a promising building block for enabling solution-processed, electron-transporting semiconductor films. PMID:27182606

  20. Effect of tunneling layers on the performances of floating-gate based organic thin-film transistor nonvolatile memories

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    Wang, Wei Han, Jinhua; Ying, Jun; Xiang, Lanyi; Xie, Wenfa

    2014-09-22

    Two types of floating-gate based organic thin-film transistor nonvolatile memories (FG-OTFT-NVMs) were demonstrated, with poly(methyl methacrylate co glycidyl methacrylate) (P(MMA-GMA)) and tetratetracontane (TTC) as the tunneling layer, respectively. Their device performances were measured and compared. In the memory with a P(MMA-GMA) tunneling layer, typical unipolar hole transport was obtained with a relatively small mobility of 0.16 cm{sup 2}/V s. The unidirectional shift of turn-on voltage (V{sub on}) due to only holes trapped/detrapped in/from the floating gate resulted in a small memory window of 12.5 V at programming/erasing voltages (V{sub P}/V{sub E}) of ±100 V and a nonzero reading voltage. Benefited from the well-ordered molecule orientation and the trap-free surface of TTC layer, a considerably high hole mobility of 1.7 cm{sup 2}/V s and a visible feature of electrons accumulated in channel and trapped in floating-gate were achieved in the memory with a TTC tunneling layer. High hole mobility resulted in a high on current and a large memory on/off ratio of 600 at the V{sub P}/V{sub E} of ±100 V. Both holes and electrons were injected into floating-gate and overwritten each other, which resulted in a bidirectional V{sub on} shift. As a result, an enlarged memory window of 28.6 V at the V{sub P}/V{sub E} of ±100 V and a zero reading voltage were achieved. Based on our results, a strategy is proposed to optimize FG-OTFT-NVMs by choosing a right tunneling layer to improve the majority carrier mobility and realize ambipolar carriers injecting and trapping in the floating-gate.

  1. Self-assembled monolayers of cyclohexyl-terminated phosphonic acids as a general dielectric surface for high-performance organic thin-film transistors.

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    Liu, Danqing; He, Zikai; Su, Yaorong; Diao, Ying; Mannsfeld, Stefan C B; Bao, Zhenan; Xu, Jianbin; Miao, Qian

    2014-11-12

    A novel self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on AlOy /TiOx is terminated with cyclohexyl groups, an unprecedented terminal group for all kinds of SAMs. The SAM-modified AlOy /TiOx functions as a general dielectric, enabling organic thin-film transistors with a field-effect mobility higher than 5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for both holes and electrons, good air stability with low operating voltage, and general applicability to solution-processed and vacuum-deposited n-type and p-type organic semiconductors. PMID:25205623

  2. INFLUENCE OF FILM STRUCTURE AND LIGHT ON CHARGE TRAPPING AND DISSIPATION DYNAMICS IN SPUN-CAST ORGANIC THIN-FILM TRANSISTORS MEASURED BY SCANNING KELVIN PROBE MICROSCOPY

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    Teague, L.; Moth, M.; Anthony, J.

    2012-05-03

    Herein, time-dependent scanning Kelvin probe microscopy of solution processed organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) reveals a correlation between film microstructure and OTFT device performance with the location of trapped charge within the device channel. The accumulation of the observed trapped charge is concurrent with the decrease in I{sub SD} during operation (V{sub G}=-40 V, V{sub SD}= -10 V). We discuss the charge trapping and dissipation dynamics as they relate to the film structure and show that application of light quickly dissipates the observed trapped charge.

  3. Synthesis and Evaluation of Self-Assembled Azido Monolayer as a Novel Dielectric Layer for Fabricating Pentacene-Based Organic Thin Film Transistors.

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    Yeh, Je-Yuan; Tsai, Tzung-Da; Kuo, An Tsung; Chou, Ying-Shiun; Liou, Ying-Shian; Chang, Zhao-You; Tsiang, Raymond Chien-Chao; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Chang, Chien-Hsiang

    2015-05-01

    Self-assembled 3-azidopropyltriethoxysilane monolayer (SAM) is used as a dielectric layer to modify the interface between the silicon dioxide wafer and the pentacene semiconductor layer in an organic thin film transistor (OTFT), Au/pentacene/3-azidopropyltriethoxysilane/SiO2/Si. Compared to the commonly used alkyl siliane C18 dielectric, 3-azidopropyltriethoxysilane which possesses stable formal charges is far more effective in increasing the ON/OFF ratio of OTFT device with an improvement of nearly three orders of magnitude. Analysis and measurements reported in this paper have illustrated for the first time the improvement of OTFT performance by a SAM compound with stable formal charges. PMID:26504992

  4. Strain sensitivity and durability in p-type and n-type organic thin-film transistors with printed silver electrodes

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    Fukuda, Kenjiro; Hikichi, Kenta; Sekine, Tomohito; Takeda, Yasunori; Minamiki, Tsukuru; Kumaki, Daisuke; Tokito, Shizuo

    2013-01-01

    Mechanical flexibility and compatibility of printing processes are key advantage that organic electronic devices have over conventional inorganic devices. However, one of the major remaining issues for organic devices is insufficient mechanical durability of printed electrodes. Here we have investigated the mechanical durability of both p-type and n-type organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) with ink-jet printed silver electrodes from silver nanoparticle inks. The modified silver nanoparticle inks enabled the strong adhesion to the underlying polymer layer, and the fabricated organic TFTs exhibited excellent reproducibility in the bending cycle tests. The strong channel length dependence on the strain sensitivity was observed in both p-type and n-type organic TFTs. The organic TFTs with a short-channel exhibited higher sensitivity to the bending strain. These results suggest that the flexible organic TFTs with printed silver electrodes have excellent mechanical durability and are useful for bending and strain sensors. PMID:23788235

  5. Low-voltage Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFTs) with Solution-processed High-k Dielectric cum Interface Engineering

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    Su, Yaorong

    Although impressive progress has been made in improving the performance of organic thin film transistors (OTFTs), the high operation voltage resulting from the low gate areal capacitance of traditional SiO 2 remains a severe limitation that hinders OTFTs' development in practical applications. In this regard, developing new materials with high- k characteristics at low cost is of great scientific and technological importance in the area of both academia and industry. In this thesis, we first describe a simple solution-based method to fabricate a high-k bilayer Al2Oy/TiOx (ATO) dielectric system at low temperature. Then the dielectric properties of the ATO are characterized and discussed in detail. Furthermore, by employing the high-k ATO as gate dielectric, low-voltage copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) based OTFTs are successfully developed. Interestingly, the obtained low-voltage CuPc TFT exhibits outstanding electrical performance, which is even higher than the device fabricated on traditional low-k SiO2. The above results seem to be contradictory to the reported results due to the fact that high-k usually shows adverse effect on the device performance. This abnormal phenomenon is then studied in detail. Characterization on the initial growth shows that the CuPc molecules assemble in a "rod-like" nano crystal with interconnected network on ATO, which probably promotes the charge carrier transport, whereas, they form isolated small islands with amorphous structure on SiO2. In addition, a better metal/organic contact is observed on ATO, which benefits the charge carrier injection. Our studies suggest that the low-temperature, solution-processed high-k ATO is a promising candidate for fabrication of high-performance, low-voltage OTFTs. Furthermore, it is well known that the properties of the dielectric/semiconductor and electrode/semiconductor interfaces are crucial in controlling the electrical properties of OTFTs. Hence, investigation the effects of interfaces

  6. Self-assembled monolayer exchange reactions as a tool for channel interface engineering in low-voltage organic thin-film transistors.

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    Lenz, Thomas; Schmaltz, Thomas; Novak, Michael; Halik, Marcus

    2012-10-01

    In this work, we compared the kinetics of monolayer self-assembly long-chained carboxylic acids and phosphonic acids on thin aluminum oxide surfaces and investigated their dielectric properties in capacitors and low-voltage organic thin-film transistors. Phosphonic acid anchor groups tend to substitute carboxylic acid molecules on aluminum oxide surfaces and thus allow the formation of mixed or fully exchanged monolayers. With different alkyl chain substituents (n-alkyl or fluorinated alkyl chains), the exchange reaction can be monitored as a function of time by static contact angle measurements. The threshold voltage in α,α'-dihexyl-sexithiophene thin-film transistors composed of such mixed layer dielectrics correlates with the exchange progress and can be tuned from negative to positive values or vice versa depending on the dipole moment of the alkyl chain substituents. The change in the dipole moment with increasing exchange time also shifts the capacitance of these devices. The rate constants for exchange reactions determined by the time-dependent shift of static contact angle, threshold voltage, and capacitance exhibit virtually the same value thus proving the exchange kinetics to be highly controllable. In general, the exchange approach is a powerful tool in interface engineering, displaying a great potential for tailoring of device characteristics. PMID:22963322

  7. Highly stable amorphous silicon thin film transistors and integration approaches for reliable organic light emitting diode displays on clear plastic

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    Hekmatshoar, Bahman

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin-film transistors (TFTs) are currently in widespread production for integration with liquid crystals as driver devices. Liquid crystal displays are driven in AC with very low duty cycles and therefore fairly insensitive to the TFT threshold voltage rise which is well-known in a-Si:H devices. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are a future technology choice for flexible displays with several advantages over liquid crystals. In contrast to liquid crystal displays, however, OLEDs are driven in DC and thus far more demanding in terms of the TFT stability requirements. Therefore the conventional thinking has been that a-Si:H TFTs are too unstable for driving OLEDs and the more expensive poly-Si or alternative TFT technologies are required. This thesis defies the conventional thinking by demonstrating that the knowledge of the degradation mechanisms in a-Si:H TFTs may be used to enhance the drive current half-life of a-Si:H TFTs from lower than a month to over 1000 years by modifying the growth conditions of the channel and the gate dielectric. Such high lifetimes suggest that the improved a-Si:H TFTs may qualify for driving OLEDs in commercial products. Taking advantage of industry-standard growth techniques, the improved a-Si:H TFTs offer a low barrier for industry insertion, in stark contrast with alternative technologies which require new infrastructure development. Further support for the practical advantages of a-Si:H TFTs for driving OLEDs is provided by a universal lifetime comparison framework proposed in this work, showing that the lifetime of the improved a-Si:H TFTs is well above those of other TFT technologies reported in the literature. Manufacturing of electronic devices on flexible plastic substrates is highly desirable for reducing the weight of the finished products as well as increasing their ruggedness. In addition, the flexibility of the substrate allows manufacturing bendable, foldable or rollable

  8. Method for double-sided processing of thin film transistors

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    Yuan, Hao-Chih; Wang, Guogong; Eriksson, Mark A.; Evans, Paul G.; Lagally, Max G.; Ma, Zhenqiang

    2008-04-08

    This invention provides methods for fabricating thin film electronic devices with both front- and backside processing capabilities. Using these methods, high temperature processing steps may be carried out during both frontside and backside processing. The methods are well-suited for fabricating back-gate and double-gate field effect transistors, double-sided bipolar transistors and 3D integrated circuits.

  9. Thin-film morphology of inkjet-printed single-droplet organic transistors using polarized Raman spectroscopy: effect of blending TIPS-pentacene with insulating polymer.

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    James, David T; Kjellander, B K Charlotte; Smaal, Wiljan T T; Gelinck, Gerwin H; Combe, Craig; McCulloch, Iain; Wilson, Richard; Burroughes, Jeremy H; Bradley, Donal D C; Kim, Ji-Seon

    2011-12-27

    We report thin-film morphology studies of inkjet-printed single-droplet organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) using angle-dependent polarized Raman spectroscopy. We show this to be an effective technique to determine the degree of molecular order as well as to spatially resolve the orientation of the conjugated backbones of the 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS-Pentacene) molecules. The addition of an insulating polymer, polystyrene (PS), does not disrupt the π-π stacking of the TIPS-Pentacene molecules. Blending in fact improves the uniformity of the molecular morphology and the active layer coverage within the device and reduces the variation in molecular orientation between polycrystalline domains. For OTFT performance, blending enhances the saturation mobility from 0.22 ± 0.05 cm(2)/(V·s) (TIPS-Pentacene) to 0.72 ± 0.17 cm(2)/(V·s) (TIPS-Pentacene:PS) in addition to improving the quality of the interface between TIPS-Pentacene and the gate dielectric in the channel, resulting in threshold voltages of ∼0 V and steep subthreshold slopes. PMID:22032725

  10. Oxidation effects of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrene sulfonate) electrodes on high-performance organic thin-film transistors

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    Jang, Yunseok; Jo, Jeongdai; Choi, Young-Man; Woo, Kyoohee; Kwon, Sin; Kim, Kwang-Young

    2015-06-01

    We adjusted the conductivity of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS) electrode and an injection barrier between the PEDOT/PSS source/drain (S/D) electrode and a pentacene semiconductor by adding HAuCl4 to a PEDOT/PSS solution. Gold in the PEDOT/PSS S/D electrode was synthesized by a redox reaction between PEDOT/PSS and Au ions. This reaction enhances the conductivity of the PEDOT/PSS S/D electrodes and reduces the injection barrier between the PEDOT/PSS S/D electrodes and the pentacene semiconductor, and causes the field-effect mobility to increase by about 230%. As such, it is considered a very useful method of making high-performance organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs).

  11. Driving Method for Compensating Reliability Problem of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Thin Film Transistors and Image Sticking Phenomenon in Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode Displays

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    Shin, Min-Seok; Jo, Yun-Rae; Kwon, Oh-Kyong

    2011-03-01

    In this paper, we propose a driving method for compensating the electrical instability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin film transistors (TFTs) and the luminance degradation of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) devices for large active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays. The proposed driving method senses the electrical characteristics of a-Si:H TFTs and OLEDs using current integrators and compensates them by an external compensation method. Threshold voltage shift is controlled a using negative bias voltage. After applying the proposed driving method, the measured error of the maximum emission current ranges from -1.23 to +1.59 least significant bit (LSB) of a 10-bit gray scale under the threshold voltage shift ranging from -0.16 to 0.17 V.

  12. High-mobility and low-operating voltage organic thin film transistor with epoxy based siloxane binder as the gate dielectric

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    Tewari, Amit; Gandla, Srinivas; Pininti, Anil Reddy; Karuppasamy, K.; Böhm, Siva; Bhattacharyya, Arup R.; McNeill, Christopher R.; Gupta, Dipti

    2015-09-01

    This paper reports the fabrication of pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors using a dielectric material, Dynasylan ®SIVO110. The devices exhibit excellent performance characterized by a low threshold voltage of -1.4 V (operating voltage: 0 to -4 V) together with a mobility of 1.9 cm2 V-1s-1. These results are promising because it uses only a single layer of dielectric without performing any intermediate treatment. The reason is attributed to the high charge storage capacity of the dielectric (κ ˜ 20.02), a low interfacial trap density (2.56 × 1011cm-2), and favorable pentacene film morphology consisting of large and interconnected grains having an average size of 234 nm.

  13. Flip-flop logic circuit based on fully solution-processed organic thin film transistor devices with reduced variations in electrical performance

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    Takeda, Yasunori; Yoshimura, Yudai; Adib, Faiz Adi Ezarudin Bin; Kumaki, Daisuke; Fukuda, Kenjiro; Tokito, Shizuo

    2015-04-01

    Organic reset-set (RS) flip-flop logic circuits based on pseudo-CMOS inverters have been fabricated using full solution processing at a relatively low process temperatures of 150 °C or less. The work function for printed silver electrodes was increased from 4.7 to 5.4 eV through surface modification with a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) material. A bottom-gate, bottom-contact organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) device using a solution-processable small-molecular semiconductor material exhibited field-effect mobility of 0.40 cm2 V-1 s-1 in the saturation region and a threshold voltage (VTH) of -2.4 V in ambient air operation conditions. In order to reduce the variations in mobility and VTH, we designed a circuit with six transistors arranged in parallel, in order to average out their electrical characteristics. As a result, we have succeeded in reducing these variations without changing the absolute values of the mobility and VTH. The fabricated RS flip-flop circuits were functioned well and exhibited short delay times of 3.5 ms at a supply voltage of 20 V.

  14. High-conductance low-voltage organic thin film transistor with locally rearranged poly(3-hexylthiophene) domain by current annealing on plastic substrate

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    Pei, Zingway; Tsai, Hsing-Wang; Lai, Hsin-Cheng

    2016-02-01

    The organic material based thin film transistors (TFTs) are attractive for flexible optoelectronics applications due to the ability of lager area fabrication by solution and low temperature process on plastic substrate. Recently, the research of organic TFT focus on low operation voltage and high output current to achieve a low power organic logic circuit for optoelectronic device,such as e-paper or OLED displayer. To obtain low voltage and high output current, high gate capacitance and high channel mobility are key factors. The well-arranged polymer chain by a high temperature postannealing, leading enhancement conductivity of polymer film was a general method. However, the thermal annealing applying heat for all device on the substrate and may not applicable to plastic substrate. Therefore, in this work, the low operation voltage and high output current of polymer TFTs was demonstrated by locally electrical bias annealing. The poly(styrene-comethyl methacrylate) (PS-r-PMMA) with ultra-thin thickness is used as gate dielectric that the thickness is controlled by thermal treatment after spin coated on organic electrode. In electrical bias-annealing process, the PS-r- PMMA is acted a heating layer. After electrical bias-annealing, the polymer TFTs obtain high channel mobility at low voltage that lead high output current by a locally annealing of P3HT film. In the future, the locally electrical biasannealing method could be applied on plastic substrate for flexible optoelectronic application.

  15. Hysteresis free carbon nanotube thin film transistors comprising hydrophobic dielectrics

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    Lefebvre, J.; Ding, J.; Li, Z.; Cheng, F.; Du, N.; Malenfant, P. R. L.

    2015-12-01

    We present two examples of carbon nanotube network thin film transistors with strongly hydrophobic dielectrics comprising either Teflon-AF or a poly(vinylphenol)/poly(methyl silsesquioxane) (PVP/pMSSQ) blend. In the absence of encapsulation, bottom gated transistors in air ambient show no hysteresis between forward and reverse gate sweep direction. Device threshold gate voltage and On-current present excellent time dependent stability even under dielectric stress. Furthermore, threshold gate voltage for hole conduction is negative upon device encapsulation with PVP/pMSSQ enabling much improved current On/Off ratio at 0 V. This work addresses two major challenges impeding solution based fabrication of relevant thin film transistors with printable single-walled carbon nanotube channels.

  16. Carrier mobility measurement across a single grain boundary in polycrystalline silicon using an organic gate thin-film transistor

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    Hashimoto, Masaki; Kanomata, Kensaku; Momiyama, Katsuaki; Kubota, Shigeru; Hirose, Fumihiko

    2012-01-09

    In this study, we developed a measurement method for field-effect-carrier mobility across a single grain boundary in polycrystalline Si (poly Si) used for solar cell production by using an organic gate field-effect transistor (FET). To prevent precipitation and the diffusion of impurities affecting the electronic characteristics of the grain boundary, all the processing temperatures during FET fabrication were held below 150 deg. C. From the grain boundary, the field-effect mobility was measured at around 21.4 cm{sup 2}/Vs at 297 K, and the temperature dependence of the field-effect mobility suggested the presence of a potential barrier of 0.22 eV at the boundary. The technique presented here is applicable for the monitoring of carrier conduction characteristics at the grain boundary in poly Si used for the production of solar cells.

  17. High performance p-type organic thin film transistors with an intrinsically photopatternable, ultrathin polymer dielectric layer☆

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    Petritz, Andreas; Wolfberger, Archim; Fian, Alexander; Krenn, Joachim R.; Griesser, Thomas; Stadlober, Barbara

    2013-01-01

    A high-performing bottom-gate top-contact pentacene-based oTFT technology with an ultrathin (25–48 nm) and electrically dense photopatternable polymeric gate dielectric layer is reported. The photosensitive polymer poly((±)endo,exo-bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-ene-2,3-dicarboxylic acid, diphenylester) (PNDPE) is patterned directly by UV-exposure (λ = 254 nm) at a dose typical for conventionally used negative photoresists without the need for any additional photoinitiator. The polymer itself undergoes a photo-Fries rearrangement reaction under UV illumination, which is accompanied by a selective cross-linking of the macromolecules, leading to a change in solubility in organic solvents. This crosslinking reaction and the negative photoresist behavior are investigated by means of sol–gel analysis. The resulting transistors show a field-effect mobility up to 0.8 cm2 V−1 s−1 at an operation voltage as low as −4.5 V. The ultra-low subthreshold swing in the order of 0.1 V dec−1 as well as the completely hysteresis-free transistor characteristics are indicating a very low interface trap density. It can be shown that the device performance is completely stable upon UV-irradiation and development according to a very robust chemical rearrangement. The excellent interface properties, the high stability and the small thickness make the PNDPE gate dielectric a promising candidate for fast organic electronic circuits. PMID:24748853

  18. Solution-Processed Ambipolar Organic Thin-Film Transistors by Blending p- and n-Type Semiconductors: Solid Solution versus Microphase Separation.

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    Xu, Xiaomin; Xiao, Ting; Gu, Xiao; Yang, Xuejin; Kershaw, Stephen V; Zhao, Ni; Xu, Jianbin; Miao, Qian

    2015-12-30

    Here, we report solid solution of p- and n-type organic semiconductors as a new type of p-n blend for solution-processed ambipolar organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). This study compares the solid-solution films of silylethynylated tetraazapentacene 1 (acceptor) and silylethynylated pentacene 2 (donor) with the microphase-separated films of 1 and 3, a heptagon-embedded analogue of 2. It is found that the solid solutions of (1)x(2)1-x function as ambipolar semiconductors, whose hole and electron mobilities are tunable by varying the ratio of 1 and 2 in the solid solution. The OTFTs of (1)0.5(2)0.5 exhibit relatively balanced hole and electron mobilities comparable to the highest values as reported for ambipolar OTFTs of stoichiometric donor-acceptor cocrystals and microphase-separated p-n bulk heterojunctions. The solid solution of (1)0.5(2)0.5 and the microphase-separated blend of 1:3 (0.5:0.5) in OTFTs exhibit different responses to light in terms of absorption and photoeffect of OTFTs because the donor and acceptor are mixed at molecular level with π-π stacking in the solid solution. PMID:25886029

  19. Effects of postannealing process on the properties of RuO2 films and their performance as electrodes in organic thin film transistors or solar cells.

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    Yun, Dong-Jin; Ra, Hye-min; Jo, Sae Byeok; Maeng, Wanjoo; Lee, Seung-hyup; Park, Sunghoon; Jang, Ji-Wook; Cho, Kilwon; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    2012-09-26

    RuO(2) films were deposited on SiO(2) (300 nm)/N++Si substrates using radio frequency magnetron sputtering at room temperature. As-deposited RuO(2) films were annealed at different temperatures (100, 300, and 500 °C) and ambients (Ar, O(2) and vacuum), and the resulting effects on the electrical and physical properties of RuO(2) films were characterized. The effect of annealing atmosphere was negligible, however the temperature highly influenced the resistivity and crystallinity of RuO(2) films. RuO(2) films annealed at high temperature exhibited lower resistivity and higher crystallinity than as-deposited RuO(2). To investigate the possibility to use RuO(2) film as alternative electrodes in flexible devices, as-deposited and annealed RuO(2) films were applied as the source/drain (S/D) electrodes in organic thin film transistor (OTFT), catalytic electrodes in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and as the hole-injection buffer layer (HIL) in organic photovoltaic (OPV). Except for OTFTs (μ ≈ 0.45 cm(2)/(V s) and on/off ratio ≈ 5× 10(5)) with RuO(2) S/D electrodes, the DSSC and OPV (3.5% and 2.56%) incorporating annealed RuO(2) electrodes showed higher performance than those with as-deposited RuO(2) electrodes (3.0% and 1.61%, respectively). PMID:22909412

  20. Flexible non-volatile optical memory thin-film transistor device with over 256 distinct levels based on an organic bicomponent blend.

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    Leydecker, Tim; Herder, Martin; Pavlica, Egon; Bratina, Gvido; Hecht, Stefan; Orgiu, Emanuele; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-09-01

    Organic nanomaterials are attracting a great deal of interest for use in flexible electronic applications such as logic circuits, displays and solar cells. These technologies have already demonstrated good performances, but flexible organic memories are yet to deliver on all their promise in terms of volatility, operational voltage, write/erase speed, as well as the number of distinct attainable levels. Here, we report a multilevel non-volatile flexible optical memory thin-film transistor based on a blend of a reference polymer semiconductor, namely poly(3-hexylthiophene), and a photochromic diarylethene, switched with ultraviolet and green light irradiation. A three-terminal device featuring over 256 (8 bit storage) distinct current levels was fabricated, the memory states of which could be switched with 3 ns laser pulses. We also report robustness over 70 write-erase cycles and non-volatility exceeding 500 days. The device was implemented on a flexible polyethylene terephthalate substrate, validating the concept for integration into wearable electronics and smart nanodevices. PMID:27323302

  1. Synthesis of ZnO nanowires for thin film network transistors

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    Dalal, S. H.; Unalan, H. E.; Zhang, Y.; Hiralal, Pritesh; Gangloff, L.; Flewitt, Andrew J.; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.; Milne, William I.

    2008-08-01

    Zinc oxide nanowire networks are attractive as alternatives to organic and amorphous semiconductors due to their wide bandgap, flexibility and transparency. We demonstrate the fabrication of thin film transistors (TFT)s which utilize ZnO nanowires as the semiconducting channel. These thin film transistors can be transparent and flexible and processed at low temperatures on to a variety of substrates. The nanowire networks are created using a simple contact transfer method that is easily scalable. Apparent nanowire network mobility values can be as high as 3.8 cm2/Vs (effective thin film mobility: 0.03 cm2/Vs) in devices with 20μm channel lengths and ON/OFF ratios of up to 104.

  2. Visualization of trapped charges being ejected from organic thin-film transistor channels by Kelvin-probe force microscopy during gate voltage sweeps

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    Yamagishi, Yuji; Kobayashi, Kei; Noda, Kei; Yamada, Hirofumi

    2016-02-01

    Kelvin-probe force microscopy (KFM) has been widely used to evaluate the localized charge trap states in the organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) channels. However, applicability of the KFM has been limited to the trapped charges whose lifetime is typically longer than several minutes because of the temporal resolution of the KFM. Therefore, it has not long been employed for studying the dynamics of the trapped charges in the OTFTs. Here, we demonstrate a method to visualize the transient distribution of the trapped charge carriers in operating OTFTs. The method allows visualizing the dynamics of the trapped charges during the gate voltage sweeps on a time scale of several hundreds of milliseconds. The experimental results performed on dinaphtho[2,3-b:2',3'-f]thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DNTT) OTFTs indicate that, immediately after a bias voltage applied to a device was turned off, the primary discharging of the channel region around the electrode edges started and it limited the ejection process of the remaining accumulated charges to the electrodes, resulting in an increased density of long-lived trapped charges in a region distant from the electrodes. The presented results suggest that the method is useful to study the electrical connections at the interface between the DNTT grains and electrodes, or those between the grains.

  3. Patterning Method for Silver Nanoparticle Electrodes in Fully Solution-Processed Organic Thin-Film Transistors Using Selectively Treated Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Surfaces

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    Fukuda, Kenjiro; Takeda, Yasunori; Kobayashi, Yu; Shimizu, Masahiro; Sekine, Tomohito; Kumaki, Daisuke; Kurihara, Masato; Sakamoto, Masatomi; Tokito, Shizuo

    2013-05-01

    Fully solution-processed organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) devices have been fabricated with simple patterning process at a relatively low process temperature of 100 °C. In the patterning process, a hydrophobic amorphous fluoropolymer material, which was used as the gate dielectric layer and the underlying base layer, was treated with an oxygen plasma to selectively change its surface wetting properties from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. Silver source and drain electrodes were successfully formed in the treated areas with highly uniform line widths and without residues between the electrodes. Nonuniformities in the thickness of the silver electrodes originating from the “coffee-ring” effect were suppressed by optimizing the blend of solvents used with the silver nanoparticles, such that the printed electrodes are appropriate for bottom-gate OTFT devices. A fully solution-processed OTFT device using a polymer semiconductor material (PB16TTT) exhibited good electrical performance with no hysteresis in its transfer characteristics and with good linearity in its output characteristics. A relatively high carrier mobility of 0.14 cm2 V-1 s-1 and an on/off ratio of 1×105 were obtained with the fabricated TFT device.

  4. Solution-Processed Indium Oxide Based Thin-Film Transistors

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    Xu, Wangying

    Oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) have attracted considerable attention over the past decade due to their high carrier mobility and excellent uniformity. However, most of these oxide TFTs are usually fabricated using costly vacuum-based techniques. Recently, the solution processes have been developed due to the possibility of low-cost and large-area fabrication. In this thesis, we have carried out a detailed and systematic study of solution-processed oxide thin films and TFTs. At first, we demonstrated a passivation method to overcome the water susceptibility of solution-processed InZnO TFTs by utilizing octadecylphosphonic acid (ODPA) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). The unpassivated InZnO TFTs exhibited large hysteresis in their electrical characteristics due to the adsorbed water at the semiconductor surface. Formation of a SAM of ODPA on the top of InZnO removed water molecules weakly absorbed at the back channel and prevented water diffusion from the surroundings. Therefore the passivated devices exhibited significantly reduced hysteretic characteristics. Secondly, we developed a simple spin-coating approach for high- k dielectrics (Al2O3, ZrO2, Y 2O3 and TiO2). These materials were used as gate dielectrics for solution-processed In2O3 or InZnO TFTs. Among the high-k dielectrics, the Al2O3-based devices showed the best performance, which is attributed to the smooth dielectric/semiconductor interface and the low interface trap density besides its good insulating property. Thirdly, the formation and properties of Al2O3 thin films under various annealing temperatures were intensively studied, revealing that the sol-gel-derived Al2O3 thin film undergoes the decomposition of organic residuals and nitrate groups, as well as conversion of aluminum hydroxides to form aluminum oxide. Besides, the Al2O 3 film was used as gate dielectric for solution-processed oxide TFTs, resulting in high mobility and low operating voltage. Finally, we proposed a green route for

  5. Silicon thin-film transistor backplanes on flexible substrates

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    Kattamis, Alexis Z.

    Flexible large area electronics, especially for displays, is a rapidly growing field. Since hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors (a-Si:H TFTs) have become the industry standard for liquid crystal displays, it makes sense that they be used in any transition from glass substrates to flexible substrates. The goal of this thesis work was to implement a-Si:H backplane technology on stainless steel and clear plastic substrates, with minimal recipe changes to ensure high device quality. When fabricating TFTs on flexible substrates many new issues arise, from thin-film fracture to overlay alignment errors. Our approach was to maintain elevated deposition temperatures (˜300°C) and engineer methods to minimize these problems, rather than reducing deposition temperatures. The resulting TFTs exhibit more stable operation than their low temperature counterparts and are therefore similar to the TFTs produced on glass. Two display projects using a-Si:H TFTs will be discussed in detail. They are an active-matrix organic light emitting display (AMOLED) on stainless steel and an active-matrix electrophoretic display (AMEPD) on clear plastic, with TFTs deposited at 250°C-280°C. Achieving quality a-Si:H TFTs on these substrates required addressing a host of technical challenges, including surface roughness and feature misalignment. Nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) was also implemented on a clear plastic substrate as a possible alternative to a-Si:H. nc-Si:H TFTs can be deposited using the same techniques as a-Si:H but yield carrier mobilities one order of magnitude greater. Their large mobilities could enable high resolution OLED displays and system-on-panel electronics.

  6. High-performance single-crystalline arsenic-doped indium oxide nanowires for transparent thin-film transistors and active matrix organic light-emitting diode displays.

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    Chen, Po-Chiang; Shen, Guozhen; Chen, Haitian; Ha, Young-geun; Wu, Chao; Sukcharoenchoke, Saowalak; Fu, Yue; Liu, Jun; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J; Thompson, Mark E; Zhou, Chongwu

    2009-11-24

    We report high-performance arsenic (As)-doped indium oxide (In(2)O(3)) nanowires for transparent electronics, including their implementation in transparent thin-film transistors (TTFTs) and transparent active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays. The As-doped In(2)O(3) nanowires were synthesized using a laser ablation process and then fabricated into TTFTs with indium-tin oxide (ITO) as the source, drain, and gate electrodes. The nanowire TTFTs on glass substrates exhibit very high device mobilities (approximately 1490 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)), current on/off ratios (5.7 x 10(6)), steep subthreshold slopes (88 mV/dec), and a saturation current of 60 microA for a single nanowire. By using a self-assembled nanodielectric (SAND) as the gate dielectric, the device mobilities and saturation current can be further improved up to 2560 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and 160 microA, respectively. All devices exhibit good optical transparency (approximately 81% on average) in the visible spectral range. In addition, the nanowire TTFTs were utilized to control green OLEDs with varied intensities. Furthermore, a fully integrated seven-segment AMOLED display was fabricated with a good transparency of 40% and with each pixel controlled by two nanowire transistors. This work demonstrates that the performance enhancement possible by combining nanowire doping and self-assembled nanodielectrics enables silicon-free electronic circuitry for low power consumption, optically transparent, high-frequency devices assembled near room temperature. PMID:19842677

  7. Method for formation of thin film transistors on plastic substrates

    DOEpatents

    Carey, Paul G.; Smith, Patrick M.; Sigmon, Thomas W.; Aceves, Randy C.

    1998-10-06

    A process for formation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic substrates replaces standard thin film transistor fabrication techniques, and uses sufficiently lower processing temperatures so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The process relies on techniques for depositing semiconductors, dielectrics, and metals at low temperatures; crystallizing and doping semiconductor layers in the TFT with a pulsed energy source; and creating top-gate self-aligned as well as back-gate TFT structures. The process enables the fabrication of amorphous and polycrystalline channel silicon TFTs at temperatures sufficiently low to prevent damage to plastic substrates. The process has use in large area low cost electronics, such as flat panel displays and portable electronics.

  8. Method for formation of thin film transistors on plastic substrates

    DOEpatents

    Carey, P.G.; Smith, P.M.; Sigmon, T.W.; Aceves, R.C.

    1998-10-06

    A process for formation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic substrates replaces standard thin film transistor fabrication techniques, and uses sufficiently lower processing temperatures so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The process relies on techniques for depositing semiconductors, dielectrics, and metals at low temperatures; crystallizing and doping semiconductor layers in the TFT with a pulsed energy source; and creating top-gate self-aligned as well as back-gate TFT structures. The process enables the fabrication of amorphous and polycrystalline channel silicon TFTs at temperatures sufficiently low to prevent damage to plastic substrates. The process has use in large area low cost electronics, such as flat panel displays and portable electronics. 5 figs.

  9. Electron and hole transport in ambipolar, thin film pentacene transistors

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    Saudari, Sangameshwar R.; Kagan, Cherie R.

    2015-01-21

    Solution-processed, ambipolar, thin-film pentacene field-effect transistors were employed to study both electron and hole transport simultaneously in a single, organic solid-state device. Electron and hole mobilities were extracted from the respective unipolar saturation regimes and show thermally activated behavior and gate voltage dependence. We fit the gate voltage dependent saturation mobility to a power law to extract the characteristic Meyer-Neldel (MN) energy, a measure of the width of the exponential distribution of localized states extending into the energy gap of the organic semiconductor. The MN energy is ∼78 and ∼28 meV for electrons and holes, respectively, which reflects a greater density of localized tail states for electrons than holes. This is consistent with the lower measured electron than hole mobility. For holes, the well-behaved linear regime allows for four-point probe measurement of the contact resistance independent mobility and separate characterization of the width of the localized density of states, yielding a consistent MN energy of 28 meV.

  10. Investigation of tungsten doped tin oxide thin film transistors

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    Yang, Jianwen; Meng, Ting; Yang, Zhao; Cui, Can; Zhang, Qun

    2015-11-01

    Tungsten doped tin oxide thin film transistors (TWO-TFTs) were fabricated by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. With TWO thin films as the channel layers, the TFTs show lower off-current and positive shift turn-on voltage than the intrinsic tin oxide TFTs, which can be explained by the reason that W doping is conducive to suppress the carrier concentration of the TWO channel layer. It is important to elect an appropriate channel thickness for improving the TFT performance. The optimum TFT performance in enhancement mode is achieved at W doping content of 2.7 at% and channel thickness of 12 nm, with the saturation mobility, turn-on voltage, subthreshold swing value and on-off current ratio of 5 cm2 V-1 s-1, 0.4 V, 0.4 V/decade and 2.4  ×  106, respectively.

  11. Simultaneous Modification of Bottom-Contact Electrode and Dielectric Surfaces for Organic Thin-Film Transistors Through Single-Component Spin-Cast Monolayers

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    O Acton; M Dubey; t Weidner; K OMalley; T Kim; G Ting; D Hutchins; J Baio; T Lovejoy; et al.

    2011-12-31

    An efficient process is developed by spin-coating a single-component, self-assembled monolayer (SAM) to simultaneously modify the bottom-contact electrode and dielectric surfaces of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). This efficient interface modification is achieved using n-alkyl phosphonic acid based SAMs to prime silver bottom-contacts and hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) dielectrics in low-voltage OTFTs. Surface characterization using near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and spectroscopic ellipsometry suggest this process yields structurally well-defined phosphonate SAMs on both metal and oxide surfaces. Rational selection of the alkyl length of the SAM leads to greatly enhanced performance for both n-channel (C60) and p-channel (pentacene) based OTFTs. Specifically, SAMs of n-octylphos-phonic acid (OPA) provide both low-contact resistance at the bottom-contact electrodes and excellent interfacial properties for compact semiconductor grain growth with high carrier mobilities. OTFTs based on OPA modifi ed silver electrode/HfO{sub 2} dielectric bottom-contact structures can be operated using < 3V with low contact resistance (down to 700 Ohm-cm), low subthreshold swing (as low as 75 mV dec{sup -1}), high on/off current ratios of 107, and charge carrier mobilities as high as 4.6 and 0.8 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}, for C60 and pentacene, respectively. These results demonstrate that this is a simple and efficient process for improving the performance of bottom-contact OTFTs.

  12. Preface: Thin films of molecular organic materials

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    Fraxedas, J.

    2008-03-01

    /substrate systems (also called heterostructures) based on the physical properties of the bulk materials, usually in the form of single crystals. However, in recent years the thin films community has been continually growing, helping the field to mature. In my opinion two main aspects have advanced the thin molecular films field. The first is the different applications with optical and electrical devices such as OFETs (organic field-effect transistors) and OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes), applications that could not have been achieved with single crystals because of limited size, difficult processability and mechanical fragility. The second is the involvement of the surface science community with their overwhelming arsenal of experimental techniques. From the synthesis point of view, the preparation of thin films is being regarded as a complementary synthesis route. The different externally accessible variables involved in the preparation process (temperature, pressure, molecular flux, distance, time, concentration, solvent, substrate, etc.), which define the so-called parameter hyperspace, can be so diverse when comparing competing synthesis routes (e.g. solution versus vapour growth) that we should not be surprised if different crystallographic phases with different morphologies are obtained, even if metastable. We should not forget here that the amazingly large number of available molecules is due to the longstanding and innovative work of synthesis chemists, a task that has not been sufficiently recognized (laymen in the domain of synthesis of organic molecules tend to believe that almost any molecule can be synthesized). In summary, one of the goals of this issue is to highlight the emerging importance of the field of thin molecular organic films by giving selected examples. It is clear that some important examples are missing, which are due in part to space limitation and to the understandable reluctance of highly-ranked specialists to contribute because of work overload

  13. Combinatorial study of zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors

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    McDowell, M. G.; Sanderson, R. J.; Hill, I. G.

    2008-01-07

    Groups of thin-film transistors using a zinc tin oxide semiconductor layer have been fabricated via a combinatorial rf sputtering technique. The ZnO:SnO{sub 2} ratio of the film varies as a function of position on the sample, from pure ZnO to SnO{sub 2}, allowing for a study of zinc tin oxide transistor performance as a function of channel stoichiometry. The devices were found to have mobilities ranging from 2 to 12 cm{sup 2}/V s, with two peaks in mobility in devices at ZnO fractions of 0.80{+-}0.03 and 0.25{+-}0.05, and on/off ratios as high as 10{sup 7}. Transistors composed predominantly of SnO{sub 2} were found to exhibit light sensitivity which affected both the on/off ratios and threshold voltages of these devices.

  14. Thin film transistors and solar cells. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

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    1995-01-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning the fabrication and application methods of thin film transistors and thin film solar cells. Methods of manufacturing thin film transistors for use in electronic display devices are presented. Techniques for continuously producing durable and reliable thin film solar cells are discussed. (Contains 250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  15. Technical Obstacles to Thin Film Transistor Circuits on Plastic

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    Miyasaka, Mitsutoshi; Hara, Hiroyuki; Karaki, Nobuo; Inoue, Satoshi; Kawai, Hideyuki; Nebashi, Satoshi

    2008-06-01

    Two main technical obstacles must be overcome to build a fruitful business in the nascent flexible microelectronics industry: the self-heating effect of thin film transistors (TFTs), and the thermal and mechanical durability of flexible devices. The self-heating effect is controlled through TFT shape, TFT electrical performance, dimensional reductions, and energy-efficient circuits. Plastic engineering is one of the keys to solving thermal and mechanical durability problems faced by flexible microelectronics devices. Once these obstacles are cleared, TFT circuits on plastic will spawn a new industry and markets for plastic large-scale integrations.

  16. Review of solution-processed oxide thin-film transistors

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    Kim, Si Joon; Yoon, Seokhyun; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-02-01

    In this review, we summarize solution-processed oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) researches based on our fulfillments. We describe the fundamental studies of precursor composition effects at the beginning in order to figure out the role of each component in oxide semiconductors, and then present low temperature process for the adoption of flexible devices. Moreover, channel engineering for high performance and reliability of solution-processed oxide TFTs and various coating methods: spin-coating, inkjet printing, and gravure printing are also presented. The last topic of this review is an overview of multi-functional solution-processed oxide TFTs for various applications such as photodetector, biosensor, and memory.

  17. Characterization of novel BaZnSnO thin films by solution process and applications in thin film transistors

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    Li, Jun; Huang, Chuan-Xin; Zhang, Jian-Hua; Zhu, Wen-Qing; Jiang, Xue-Yin; Zhang, Zhi-Lin

    2015-08-15

    Graphical abstract: This work reports the Ba content on thin film transistor based on a novel BaZnSnO semiconductor using solution process. - Highlights: • No reports about BaZnSnO thin film using solution process. • BaZnSnO thin film transistor (TFT) was firstly fabricated. • BaZnSnO-TFT shows a acceptable performace. • Influence of Ba content on BaZnSnO-TFT. - Abstract: A novel BaZnSnO semiconductor is fabricated using solution process and the influence of Ba addition on the structure, the chemical state of oxygen and electrical performance of BaZnSnO thin films are investigated. A high performance BaZnSnO-based thin film transistor with 15 mol% Ba is obtained, showing a saturation mobility of 1.94 cm{sup 2}/V s, a threshold voltage of 3.6 V, an on/off current ratio of 6.2 × 10{sup 6}, a subthreshold swing of 0.94 V/decade, and a good bias stability. Transistors with solution processed BaZnSnO films are promising candidates for the development of future large-area, low-cost and high-performance electronic devices.

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of New Tercopolymer Containing Thienothiophene, Thiophene and Fluorene for Organic Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Tan, Xiaofeng; Park, Jong Man; Ma, Jae Yeol; Kim, Yun-Hi

    2015-02-01

    We have designed and synthesized the novel p-type polymer containing thienothiophene, thiophene and fluorene with OTFT characteristics. The polymer was synthesized by the palladium catalyzed Suzuki coupling reaction with thienothiophene derivatives, thiophene derivatives and fluorene derivatives. The obtained PTT2BTF can dissolve in common organic solvents such as toluene, THF, chloroform, chlorobenzene and dichlorobenzene. PTT2BTF has a number average molecular weight (Mn) of 25,000 with a poly dispersity index (PDI) of 1.66. PTT2BTF showed good thermal stability with high Td of 407 °C. The OTFT characteristics of the polymer (PTT2BTF) were fabricated. Organic semiconductor was found to exhibit typical p-channel FET characteristics with a hole mobility of 6.3 x 10(-5) cm2/Vs and a threshold voltage of - 4 V. Keywords: OTFT, Thiophene, Fluorene, Solution Process. PMID:26353662

  19. Thin film transistors using PECVD-grown carbon nanotubes.

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    Ono, Yuki; Kishimoto, Shigeru; Ohno, Yutaka; Mizutani, Takashi

    2010-05-21

    Thin film transistors with a carbon nanotube (CNT) network as a channel have been fabricated using grid-inserted plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) which has the advantage of preferential growth of the CNTs with semiconducting behavior in the I-V characteristics of CNT field effect transistors (CNT-FETs). Taking advantage of the preferential growth and suppression of bundle formation, a large ON current of 170 microA mm(-1), which is among the largest in these kinds of devices with a large ON/OFF current ratio of about 10(5), has been realized in the relatively short channel length of 10 microm. The field effect mobility of the device was 5.8 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). PMID:20418603

  20. Thin film transistors using PECVD-grown carbon nanotubes

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    Ono, Yuki; Kishimoto, Shigeru; Ohno, Yutaka; Mizutani, Takashi

    2010-05-01

    Thin film transistors with a carbon nanotube (CNT) network as a channel have been fabricated using grid-inserted plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) which has the advantage of preferential growth of the CNTs with semiconducting behavior in the I-V characteristics of CNT field effect transistors (CNT-FETs). Taking advantage of the preferential growth and suppression of bundle formation, a large ON current of 170 µA mm - 1, which is among the largest in these kinds of devices with a large ON/OFF current ratio of about 105, has been realized in the relatively short channel length of 10 µm. The field effect mobility of the device was 5.8 cm2 V - 1 s - 1.

  1. Graphene as tunable contact for high performance thin film transistor

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    Liu, Yuan

    performance and mechanical robustness. By using the graphene as a work-function tunable contact for amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) thin film, the vertical current flow across the graphene-IGZO junction can be effectively modulated by an external gate potential to enable VTFTs with a highest on-off ratio exceeding 105. The unique vertical transistor architecture can readily enable ultrashort channel devices with very high delivering current and exceptional mechanical flexibility. Furthermore, I will, demonstrate a new design strategy for vertical OTFT with ultra-short channel length without using conventional high-resolution lithography process. They can deliver a high current density over 1.8 A/ cm2 and thus enable a high cutoff frequency devices (~ 0.4 MHz) comparable with the ultra-short channel organic transistors. Importantly, with unique vertical architecture, the entire organic channel material is sandwiched between the source and drain electrodes and is thus naturally protected to ensure excellent air-stability. Finally I will present a new strategy by using graphene as the back electrodes to achieve Ohmic contact to MoS2. With a finite density of states, the Fermi level of graphene can be readily tuned by a gate potential to enable a nearly perfect band alignment with MoS2. For the first time, a transparent contact to MoS2 is demonstrated with zero contact barrier and linear output behaviour at cryogenic temperatures (down to 1.9 K) for both monolayer and multilayer MoS2. Benefiting from the barrier-free transparent contacts, we show that a metal-insulator-transition (MIT) can be observed in a two-terminal MoS2 device, a phenomenon that could be easily masked by Schottky barriers found in conventional metal-contacted MoS2 devices. With further passivation by boron nitride (BN) encapsulation, we demonstrate a record-high extrinsic (two-terminal) field effect mobility up to 1300 cm2/V s in MoS2 at low temperature. These findings can open up exciting new

  2. Graphene as tunable contact for high performance thin film transistor

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    Liu, Yuan

    performance and mechanical robustness. By using the graphene as a work-function tunable contact for amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) thin film, the vertical current flow across the graphene-IGZO junction can be effectively modulated by an external gate potential to enable VTFTs with a highest on-off ratio exceeding 105. The unique vertical transistor architecture can readily enable ultrashort channel devices with very high delivering current and exceptional mechanical flexibility. Furthermore, I will, demonstrate a new design strategy for vertical OTFT with ultra-short channel length without using conventional high-resolution lithography process. They can deliver a high current density over 1.8 A/ cm2 and thus enable a high cutoff frequency devices (~ 0.4 MHz) comparable with the ultra-short channel organic transistors. Importantly, with unique vertical architecture, the entire organic channel material is sandwiched between the source and drain electrodes and is thus naturally protected to ensure excellent air-stability. Finally I will present a new strategy by using graphene as the back electrodes to achieve Ohmic contact to MoS2. With a finite density of states, the Fermi level of graphene can be readily tuned by a gate potential to enable a nearly perfect band alignment with MoS2. For the first time, a transparent contact to MoS2 is demonstrated with zero contact barrier and linear output behaviour at cryogenic temperatures (down to 1.9 K) for both monolayer and multilayer MoS2. Benefiting from the barrier-free transparent contacts, we show that a metal-insulator-transition (MIT) can be observed in a two-terminal MoS2 device, a phenomenon that could be easily masked by Schottky barriers found in conventional metal-contacted MoS2 devices. With further passivation by boron nitride (BN) encapsulation, we demonstrate a record-high extrinsic (two-terminal) field effect mobility up to 1300 cm2/V s in MoS2 at low temperature. These findings can open up exciting new

  3. Light-Modulation of the Charge Injection in a Polymer Thin-Film Transistor by Functionalizing the Electrodes with Bistable Photochromic Self-Assembled Monolayers.

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    Mosciatti, Thomas; Del Rosso, Maria G; Herder, Martin; Frisch, Johannes; Koch, Norbert; Hecht, Stefan; Orgiu, Emanuele; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-08-01

    High fatigue resistance, bistability, and drastic property changes among isomers allow efficient modulation of the current output of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) to be obtained by a photogating of the charge-injection mechanism. PMID:27184349

  4. Nontraditional Amorphous Oxide Semiconductor Thin-Film Transistor Fabrication

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    Sundholm, Eric Steven

    Fabrication techniques and process integration considerations for amorphous oxide semiconductor (AOS) thin-film transistors (TFTs) constitute the central theme of this dissertation. Within this theme three primary areas of focus are pursued. The first focus involves formulating a general framework for assessing passivation. Avoiding formation of an undesirable backside accumulation layer in an AOS bottom-gate TFT is accomplished by (i) choosing a passivation layer in which the charge neutrality level is aligned with (ideal case) or higher in energy than that of the semiconductor channel layer charge neutrality level, and (ii) depositing the passivation layer in such a manner that a negligible density of oxygen vacancies are present at the channel-passivation layer interface. Two AOS TFT passivation schemes are explored. Sputter-deposited zinc tin silicon oxide (ZTSO) appears promising for suppressing the effects of negative bias illumination stress (NBIS) with respect to ZTO and IGZO TFTs. Solution-deposited silicon dioxide is used as a barrier layer to subsequent PECVD silicon dioxide deposition, yielding ZTO TFT transfer curves showing that the dual-layer passivation process does not significantly alter ZTO TFT electrical characteristics. The second focus involves creating an adaptable back-end process compatible with flexible substrates. A detailed list of possible via formation techniques is presented with particular focus on non-traditional and adaptable techniques. Two of the discussed methods, “hydrophobic surface treatment”and “printed local insulator,” are demonstrated and proven effective. The third focus is printing AOS TFT channel layers in order to create an adaptable and additive front-end integrated circuit fabrication scheme. Printed zinc indium aluminum oxide (ZIAO) and indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) channel layers are demonstrated using a SonoPlot piezoelectric printing system. Finally, challenges associated with printing electronic

  5. Study of Fused Thiophene Based Organic Semiconductors and Interfacial Self-Assembled Monolayer (SAM) for Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Application

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    Youn, Jangdae

    In this thesis, the molecular packing motifs of our newly designed fused thiophenes, benzo[d,d]thieno[3,2-b;4,5-b]dithiophene (BTDT) derivatives, were studied by utilizing grazing incidence wide angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS). Considering the potential of fused thiophene molecules as an environmentally stable, high performance semiconductor building block, it must be an important groundwork to investigate their thin film structures in relation to molecular structures, single crystal structures, and organic thin-film transistors (OTFT) performances. OTFT device performance is not only determined by semiconductor materials, but also influenced by the interfacial properties. Since there are three major components in TFT structures---electrodes, semiconductors, and dielectrics, two types of major interfaces exist. One is the semiconductor-electrode interface, and the other is the semiconductor-dielectric interface. Both of these interfaces have critical roles for TFT operation. For example, the semiconductor-electrode interface determines the charge injection barrier. Before charge carriers go through the electrode (source)-semiconductor-electrode (drain) pathways, the energy gaps between the work function of the electrodes and the HOMO energy of the semiconductor materials must be overcome for hole injection, or the energy gap between the metal work function of the electrodes and the LUMO energy of the semiconductor materials must be overcome for electron injection. These charge injection barriers are largely determined by the energetic structure of the semiconductor material and work function of the electrode. However, the size of energy gap can be modified by introducing an organic self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on the surface of metal electrode. In addition, the structure of semiconductor films, especially within several monolayers right above the electrode, is greatly influenced by the SAM, and it changes charge injection property of OTFT devices. In this thesis

  6. Polysilicon thin film transistors fabricated on low temperature plastic substrates

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    Carey, P.G.; Smith, P.M.; Theiss, S.D.; Wickboldt, P.

    1999-07-01

    We present device results from polysilicon thin film transistors (TFTs) fabricated at a maximum temperature of 100&hthinsp;{degree}C on polyester substrates. Critical to our success has been the development of a processing cluster tool containing chambers dedicated to laser crystallization, dopant deposition, and gate oxidation. Our TFT fabrication process integrates multiple steps in this tool, and uses the laser to crystallize deposited amorphous silicon as well as create heavily doped TFT source/drain regions. By combining laser crystallization and doping, a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition SiO{sub 2} layer for the gate dielectric, and postfabrication annealing at 150&hthinsp;{degree}C, we have succeeded in fabricating TFTs with I{sub ON}/I{sub OFF} ratios {gt}5{times}10{sup 5} and electron mobilities {gt}40 cm{sup 2}/V&hthinsp;s on polyester substrates. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Vacuum Society.}

  7. Highly stable thin film transistors using multilayer channel structure

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    Nayak, Pradipta K.; Wang, Zhenwei; Anjum, D. H.; Hedhili, M. N.; Alshareef, H. N.

    2015-03-09

    We report highly stable gate-bias stress performance of thin film transistors (TFTs) using zinc oxide (ZnO)/hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) multilayer structure as the channel layer. Positive and negative gate-bias stress stability of the TFTs was measured at room temperature and at 60 °C. A tremendous improvement in gate-bias stress stability was obtained in case of the TFT with multiple layers of ZnO embedded between HfO{sub 2} layers compared to the TFT with a single layer of ZnO as the semiconductor. The ultra-thin HfO{sub 2} layers act as passivation layers, which prevent the adsorption of oxygen and water molecules in the ZnO layer and hence significantly improve the gate-bias stress stability of ZnO TFTs.

  8. Thin-film transistors based on p-type Cu{sub 2}O thin films produced at room temperature

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    Fortunato, Elvira; Figueiredo, Vitor; Barquinha, Pedro; Elamurugu, Elangovan; Goncalves, Goncalo; Martins, Rodrigo; Park, Sang-Hee Ko; Hwang, Chi-Sun

    2010-05-10

    Copper oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) thin films were used to produce bottom gate p-type transparent thin-film transistors (TFTs). Cu{sub 2}O was deposited by reactive rf magnetron sputtering at room temperature and the films exhibit a polycrystalline structure with a strongest orientation along (111) plane. The TFTs exhibit improved electrical performance such as a field-effect mobility of 3.9 cm{sup 2}/V s and an on/off ratio of 2x10{sup 2}.

  9. Flexible Electronics Powered by Mixed Metal Oxide Thin Film Transistors

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    Marrs, Michael

    A low temperature amorphous oxide thin film transistor (TFT) and amorphous silicon PIN diode backplane technology for large area flexible digital x-ray detectors has been developed to create 7.9-in. diagonal backplanes. The critical steps in the evolution of the backplane process include the qualification and optimization of the low temperature (200 °C) metal oxide TFT and a-Si PIN photodiode process, the stability of the devices under forward and reverse bias stress, the transfer of the process to flexible plastic substrates, and the fabrication and assembly of the flexible detectors. Mixed oxide semiconductor TFTs on flexible plastic substrates suffer from performance and stability issues related to the maximum processing temperature limitation of the polymer. A novel device architecture based upon a dual active layer improves both the performance and stability. Devices are directly fabricated below 200 ºC on a polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) substrate using mixed metal oxides of either zinc indium oxide (ZIO) or indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) as the active semiconductor. The dual active layer architecture allows for adjustment to the saturation mobility and threshold voltage stability without the requirement of high temperature annealing, which is not compatible with flexible plastic substrates like PEN. The device performance and stability is strongly dependent upon the composition of the mixed metal oxide; this dependency provides a simple route to improving the threshold voltage stability and drive performance. By switching from a single to a dual active layer, the saturation mobility increases from 1.2 cm2/V-s to 18.0 cm2/V-s, while the rate of the threshold voltage shift decreases by an order of magnitude. This approach could assist in enabling the production of devices on flexible substrates using amorphous oxide semiconductors. Low temperature (200°C) processed amorphous silicon photodiodes were developed successfully by balancing the tradeoffs

  10. High-Performing Thin-Film Transistors in Large Spherulites of Conjugated Polymer Formed by Epitaxial Growth on Removable Organic Crystalline Templates.

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    Kim, Jae Yoon; Yang, Da Seul; Shin, Jicheol; Bilby, David; Chung, Kyeongwoon; Um, Hyun Ah; Chun, Jaehee; Pyo, Seungmoon; Cho, Min Ju; Kim, Jinsang; Choi, Dong Hoon

    2015-06-24

    Diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based conjugated polymer PDTDPPQT was synthesized and was used to perform epitaxial polymer crystal growth on removable 1,3,5-trichlorobenzene crystallite templates. A thin-film transistor (TFT) was successfully fabricated in well-grown large spherulites of PDTDPPQT. The charge carrier mobility along the radial direction of the spherulites was measured to be 5.46-12.04 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), which is significantly higher than that in the direction perpendicular to the radial direction. The dynamic response of charge transport was also investigated by applying a pulsed bias to TFTs loaded with a resistor (∼20 MΩ). The charge-transport behaviors along the radial direction and perpendicular to the radial direction were investigated by static and dynamic experiments through a resistor-loaded (RL) inverter. The RL inverter made of PDTDPPQT-based TFT operates well, maintaining a fairly high switching voltage ratio (Vout(ON)/Vout(OFF)) at a relatively high frequency when the source-drain electrodes are aligned parallel to the radial direction. PMID:26030474

  11. Printable ion-gel gate dielectrics for low-voltage polymer thin-film transistors on plastic.

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    Cho, Jeong Ho; Lee, Jiyoul; Xia, Yu; Kim, BongSoo; He, Yiyong; Renn, Michael J; Lodge, Timothy P; Frisbie, C Daniel

    2008-11-01

    An important strategy for realizing flexible electronics is to use solution-processable materials that can be directly printed and integrated into high-performance electronic components on plastic. Although examples of functional inks based on metallic, semiconducting and insulating materials have been developed, enhanced printability and performance is still a challenge. Printable high-capacitance dielectrics that serve as gate insulators in organic thin-film transistors are a particular priority. Solid polymer electrolytes (a salt dissolved in a polymer matrix) have been investigated for this purpose, but they suffer from slow polarization response, limiting transistor speed to less than 100 Hz. Here, we demonstrate that an emerging class of polymer electrolytes known as ion gels can serve as printable, high-capacitance gate insulators in organic thin-film transistors. The specific capacitance exceeds that of conventional ceramic or polymeric gate dielectrics, enabling transistor operation at low voltages with kilohertz switching frequencies. PMID:18931674

  12. Novel Low Temperature Processing for Enhanced Properties of Ion Implanted Thin Films and Amorphous Mixed Oxide Thin Film Transistors

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    Vemuri, Rajitha

    This research emphasizes the use of low energy and low temperature post processing to improve the performance and lifetime of thin films and thin film transistors, by applying the fundamentals of interaction of materials with conductive heating and electromagnetic radiation. Single frequency microwave anneal is used to rapidly recrystallize the damage induced during ion implantation in Si substrates. Volumetric heating of the sample in the presence of the microwave field facilitates quick absorption of radiation to promote recrystallization at the amorphous-crystalline interface, apart from electrical activation of the dopants due to relocation to the substitutional sites. Structural and electrical characterization confirm recrystallization of heavily implanted Si within 40 seconds anneal time with minimum dopant diffusion compared to rapid thermal annealed samples. The use of microwave anneal to improve performance of multilayer thin film devices, e.g. thin film transistors (TFTs) requires extensive study of interaction of individual layers with electromagnetic radiation. This issue has been addressed by developing detail understanding of thin films and interfaces in TFTs by studying reliability and failure mechanisms upon extensive stress test. Electrical and ambient stresses such as illumination, thermal, and mechanical stresses are inflicted on the mixed oxide based thin film transistors, which are explored due to high mobilities of the mixed oxide (indium zinc oxide, indium gallium zinc oxide) channel layer material. Semiconductor parameter analyzer is employed to extract transfer characteristics, useful to derive mobility, subthreshold, and threshold voltage parameters of the transistors. Low temperature post processing anneals compatible with polymer substrates are performed in several ambients (oxygen, forming gas and vacuum) at 150 °C as a preliminary step. The analysis of the results pre and post low temperature anneals using device physics fundamentals

  13. Black Phosphorus Flexible Thin Film Transistors at Gighertz Frequencies.

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    Zhu, Weinan; Park, Saungeun; Yogeesh, Maruthi N; McNicholas, Kyle M; Bank, Seth R; Akinwande, Deji

    2016-04-13

    Black phosphorus (BP) has attracted rapidly growing attention for high speed and low power nanoelectronics owing to its compelling combination of tunable bandgap (0.3 to 2 eV) and high carrier mobility (up to ∼1000 cm(2)/V·s) at room temperature. In this work, we report the first radio frequency (RF) flexible top-gated (TG) BP thin-film transistors on highly bendable polyimide substrate for GHz nanoelectronic applications. Enhanced p-type charge transport with low-field mobility ∼233 cm(2)/V·s and current density of ∼100 μA/μm at VDS = -2 V were obtained from flexible BP transistor at a channel length L = 0.5 μm. Importantly, with optimized dielectric coating for air-stability during microfabrication, flexible BP RF transistors afforded intrinsic maximum oscillation frequency fMAX ∼ 14.5 GHz and unity current gain cutoff frequency fT ∼ 17.5 GHz at a channel length of 0.5 μm. Notably, the experimental fT achieved here is at least 45% higher than prior results on rigid substrate, which is attributed to the improved air-stability of fabricated BP devices. In addition, the high-frequency performance was investigated through mechanical bending test up to ∼1.5% tensile strain, which is ultimately limited by the inorganic dielectric film rather than the 2D material. Comparison of BP RF devices to other 2D semiconductors clearly indicates that BP offers the highest saturation velocity, an important metric for high-speed and RF flexible nanosystems. PMID:26977902

  14. Dynamic interfaces in an organic thin film

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    Tao, Chenggang; Liu, Qiang; Riddick, Blake C.; Cullen, William G.; Reutt-Robey, Janice; Weeks, John D.; Williams, Ellen D.

    2008-01-01

    Low-dimensional boundaries between phases and domains in organic thin films are important in charge transport and recombination. Here, fluctuations of interfacial boundaries in an organic thin film, acridine-9-carboxylic acid on Ag(111), have been visualized in real time and measured quantitatively using scanning tunneling microscopy. The boundaries fluctuate via molecular exchange with exchange time constants of 10–30 ms at room temperature, with length-mode fluctuations that should yield characteristic f−1/2 signatures for frequencies less than ≈100 Hz. Although acridine-9-carboxylic acid has highly anisotropic intermolecular interactions, it forms islands that are compact in shape with crystallographically distinct boundaries that have essentially identical thermodynamic and kinetic properties. The physical basis of the modified symmetry is shown to arise from significantly different substrate interactions induced by alternating orientations of successive molecules in the condensed phase. Incorporating this additional set of interactions in a lattice–gas model leads to effective multicomponent behavior, as in the Blume–Emery–Griffiths model, and can straightforwardly reproduce the experimentally observed isotropic behavior. The general multicomponent description allows the domain shapes and boundary fluctuations to be tuned from isotropic to highly anisotropic in terms of the balance between intermolecular interactions and molecule–substrate interactions. PMID:18765797

  15. Metal-semiconductor hybrid thin films in field-effect transistors

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    Okamura, Koshi Dehm, Simone; Hahn, Horst

    2013-12-16

    Metal-semiconductor hybrid thin films consisting of an amorphous oxide semiconductor and a number of aluminum dots in different diameters and arrangements are formed by electron beam lithography and employed for thin-film transistors (TFTs). Experimental and computational demonstrations systematically reveal that the field-effect mobility of the TFTs enhances but levels off as the dot density increases, which originates from variations of the effective channel length that strongly depends on the electric field distribution in a transistor channel.

  16. Intrinsically stretchable and transparent thin-film transistors based on printable silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and an elastomeric dielectric

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    Liang, Jiajie; Li, Lu; Chen, Dustin; Hajagos, Tibor; Ren, Zhi; Chou, Shu-Yu; Hu, Wei; Pei, Qibing

    2015-01-01

    Thin-film field-effect transistor is a fundamental component behind various mordern electronics. The development of stretchable electronics poses fundamental challenges in developing new electronic materials for stretchable thin-film transistors that are mechanically compliant and solution processable. Here we report the fabrication of transparent thin-film transistors that behave like an elastomer film. The entire fabrication is carried out by solution-based techniques, and the resulting devices exhibit a mobility of ∼30 cm2 V−1 s−1, on/off ratio of 103–104, switching current >100 μA, transconductance >50 μS and relative low operating voltages. The devices can be stretched by up to 50% strain and subjected to 500 cycles of repeated stretching to 20% strain without significant loss in electrical property. The thin-film transistors are also used to drive organic light-emitting diodes. The approach and results represent an important progress toward the development of stretchable active-matrix displays. PMID:26173436

  17. Intrinsically stretchable and transparent thin-film transistors based on printable silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and an elastomeric dielectric

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    Liang, Jiajie; Li, Lu; Chen, Dustin; Hajagos, Tibor; Ren, Zhi; Chou, Shu-Yu; Hu, Wei; Pei, Qibing

    2015-07-01

    Thin-film field-effect transistor is a fundamental component behind various mordern electronics. The development of stretchable electronics poses fundamental challenges in developing new electronic materials for stretchable thin-film transistors that are mechanically compliant and solution processable. Here we report the fabrication of transparent thin-film transistors that behave like an elastomer film. The entire fabrication is carried out by solution-based techniques, and the resulting devices exhibit a mobility of ~30 cm2 V-1 s-1, on/off ratio of 103-104, switching current >100 μA, transconductance >50 μS and relative low operating voltages. The devices can be stretched by up to 50% strain and subjected to 500 cycles of repeated stretching to 20% strain without significant loss in electrical property. The thin-film transistors are also used to drive organic light-emitting diodes. The approach and results represent an important progress toward the development of stretchable active-matrix displays.

  18. Grain Boundary Induced Bias Instability in Soluble Acene-Based Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Nguyen, Ky V; Payne, Marcia M; Anthony, John E; Lee, Jung Hun; Song, Eunjoo; Kang, Boseok; Cho, Kilwon; Lee, Wi Hyoung

    2016-01-01

    Since the grain boundaries (GBs) within the semiconductor layer of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) have a strong influence on device performance, a substantial number of studies have been devoted to controlling the crystallization characteristics of organic semiconductors. We studied the intrinsic effects of GBs within 5,11-bis(triethylsilylethynyl) anthradithiophene (TES-ADT) thin films on the electrical properties of OFETs. The GB density was easily changed by controlling nulceation event in TES-ADT thin films. When the mixing time was increased, the number of aggregates in as-spun TES-ADT thin films were increased and subsequent exposure of the films to 1,2-dichloroethane vapor led to a significant increase in the number of nuleation sites, thereby increasing the GB density of TES-ADT spherulites. The density of GBs strongly influences the angular spread and crystallographic orientation of TES-ADT spherulites. Accordingly, the FETs with higher GB densities showed much poorer electrical characteristics than devices with lower GB density. Especially, GBs provide charge trapping sites which are responsible for bias-stress driven electrical instability. Dielectric surface treatment with a polystyrene brush layer clarified the GB-induced charge trapping by reducing charge trapping at the semiconductor-dielectric interface. Our study provides an understanding on GB induced bias instability for the development of high performance OFETs. PMID:27615358

  19. Geometric Effect of Channel on Device Performance in Pentacene Thin-Film Transistor

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    Kang, Seong Jun; Noh, Myungkeun; Park, Dae Sik; Kim, Hui Jung; Kim, Sang Yeol; Koo, Bon Won; Kang, In Nam; Whang, Chung Nam

    2004-11-01

    We fabricated pentacene thin film-transistors on a glass substrate with a SiO2 layer via thermal evaporation in ultrahigh vacuum. We investigated the influence of channel length, channel width, and the deposition rate of a pentacene layer on organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) performance. Field-effect mobility of the transistors markedly increased as channel width decreased and channel length increased. The maximum drain current of OTFTs increased as channel length decreased. These observations indicate that the grain boundary scattering of charge carriers in the pentacene layer is a major hurdle in charge conduction, similarly to the observation in poly-Si TFTs. The maximum field-effect mobility was 0.69 cm2/Vs for a device prepared at 0.1 Å/s with a 50 μm channel length and a 20 μm channel width. Channel width/length ratio (W/L) as well as the deposition rate of the pentacene layer should be carefully chosen to increase field-effect mobility and maximum drain current in OTFTs.

  20. Porous Organic Cage Thin Films and Molecular-Sieving Membranes.

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    Song, Qilei; Jiang, Shan; Hasell, Tom; Liu, Ming; Sun, Shijing; Cheetham, Anthony K; Sivaniah, Easan; Cooper, Andrew I

    2016-04-01

    Porous organic cage molecules are fabricated into thin films and molecular-sieving membranes. Cage molecules are solution cast on various substrates to form amorphous thin films, with the structures tuned by tailoring the cage chemistry and processing conditions. For the first time, uniform and pinhole-free microporous cage thin films are formed and demonstrated as molecular-sieving membranes for selective gas separation. PMID:26800019

  1. High field breakdown characteristics of carbon nanotube thin film transistors.

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    Gupta, Man Prakash; Behnam, Ashkan; Lian, Feifei; Estrada, David; Pop, Eric; Kumar, Satish

    2013-10-11

    The high field properties of carbon nanotube (CNT) network thin film transistors (CN-TFTs) are important for their practical operation, and for understanding their reliability. Using a combination of experimental and computational techniques we show how the channel geometry (length L(C) and width W(C)) and network morphology (average CNT length L(t) and alignment angle distribution θ) affect heat dissipation and high field breakdown in such devices. The results suggest that when WC ≥ L(t), the breakdown voltage remains independent of W(C) but varies linearly with L(C). The breakdown power varies almost linearly with both W(C) and L(C) when WC > L(t). We also find that the breakdown power is more susceptible to the variability in the network morphology compared to the breakdown voltage. The analysis offers new insight into the tunable heat dissipation and thermal reliability of CN-TFTs, which can be significantly improved through optimization of the network morphology and device geometry. PMID:24029606

  2. Thin-films and transistors of p-ZnTe

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    Lastra, G.; Olivas, A.; Mejía, J. I.; Quevedo-López, M. A.

    2016-02-01

    In this article, we report (IDS-VDS) characteristics of (75 and 35 nm) p-type ZnTe thin-film transistors (TFTs) at different active channels by photolithography. In 75 nm p-ZnTe TFTs, the source and drain contacts were doped with Cu in 11, 13 and 15 mg (Cu(NO3)2-3H2O)/150 ml (H2O) for 60 s and heated at 300 °C for 10 min. TFTs immersed in 15 mg solution showed the clearest linear and saturation regions, as well as an approximate mobility from 10-2 to 10-4 cm2/V s. Also, drain- currents (IDS) from 10-8 to ∼10-7 A were shown at VG = 0 V (OFF-state). However, drain-current in the OFF-state decreased in 35 nm p-ZnTe TFTs. The films showed the cubic phase and the Cu1.44Te-like orthorhombic phase.

  3. Ambipolar charge transport in microcrystalline silicon thin-film transistors

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    Knipp, Dietmar; Marinkovic, M.; Chan, Kah-Yoong; Gordijn, Aad; Stiebig, Helmut

    2011-01-15

    Hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon ({mu}c-Si:H) is a promising candidate for thin-film transistors (TFTs) in large-area electronics due to high electron and hole charge carrier mobilities. We report on ambipolar TFTs based on {mu}c-Si:H prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition at temperatures compatible with flexible substrates. Electrons and holes are directly injected into the {mu}c-Si:H channel via chromium drain and source contacts. The TFTs exhibit electron and hole charge carrier mobilities of 30-50 cm{sup 2}/V s and 10-15 cm{sup 2}/V s, respectively. In this work, the electrical characteristics of the ambipolar {mu}c-Si:H TFTs are described by a simple analytical model that takes the ambipolar charge transport into account. The analytical expressions are used to model the transfer curves, the potential and the net surface charge along the channel of the TFTs. The electrical model provides insights into the electronic transport of ambipolar {mu}c-Si:H TFTs.

  4. Mechanical and Electronic Properties of Thin-Film Transistors on Plastic, and Their Integration in Flexible Electronic Applications.

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    Heremans, Paul; Tripathi, Ashutosh K; de Jamblinne de Meux, Albert; Smits, Edsger C P; Hou, Bo; Pourtois, Geoffrey; Gelinck, Gerwin H

    2016-06-01

    The increasing interest in flexible electronics and flexible displays raises questions regarding the inherent mechanical properties of the electronic materials used. Here, the mechanical behavior of thin-film transistors used in active-matrix displays is considered. The change of electrical performance of thin-film semiconductor materials under mechanical stress is studied, including amorphous oxide semiconductors. This study comprises an experimental part, in which transistor structures are characterized under different mechanical loads, as well as a theoretical part, in which the changes in energy band structures in the presence of stress and strain are investigated. The performance of amorphous oxide semiconductors are compared to reported results on organic semiconductors and covalent semiconductors, i.e., amorphous silicon and polysilicon. In order to compare the semiconductor materials, it is required to include the influence of the other transistor layers on the strain profile. The bending limits are investigated, and shown to be due to failures in the gate dielectric and/or the contacts. Design rules are proposed to minimize strain in transistor stacks and in transistor arrays. Finally, an overview of the present and future applications of flexible thin-film transistors is given, and the suitability of the different material classes for those applications is assessed. PMID:26707947

  5. Organic thin films. Rational synthesis of organic thin films with exceptional long-range structural integrity.

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    Seiki, Noriya; Shoji, Yoshiaki; Kajitani, Takashi; Ishiwari, Fumitaka; Kosaka, Atsuko; Hikima, Takaaki; Takata, Masaki; Someya, Takao; Fukushima, Takanori

    2015-06-01

    Highly oriented, domain-boundary-free organic thin films could find use in various high-performance organic materials and devices. However, even with state-of-the-art supramolecular chemistry, it is difficult to construct organic thin films with structural integrity in a size regime beyond the micrometer length scale. We show that a space-filling design, relying on the two-dimensional (2D) nested hexagonal packing of a particular type of triptycene, enables the formation of large-area molecular films with long-range 2D structural integrity up to the centimeter length scale by vacuum evaporation, spin-coating, and cooling from the isotropic liquid of the triptycene. X-ray diffraction analysis and microscopic observations reveal that triptycene molecules form a completely oriented 2D (hexagonal triptycene array) + 1D (layer stacking) structure, which is key for the long-range propagation of structural order. PMID:26045433

  6. In situ preparation, electrical and surface analytical characterization of pentacene thin film transistors

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    Lassnig, R.; Striedinger, B.; Hollerer, M.; Fian, A.; Stadlober, B.; Winkler, A.

    2015-01-01

    The fabrication of organic thin film transistors with highly reproducible characteristics presents a very challenging task. We have prepared and analyzed model pentacene thin film transistors under ultra-high vacuum conditions, employing surface analytical tools and methods. Intentionally contaminating the gold contacts and SiO2 channel area with carbon through repeated adsorption, dissociation, and desorption of pentacene proved to be very advantageous in the creation of devices with stable and reproducible parameters. We mainly focused on the device properties, such as mobility and threshold voltage, as a function of film morphology and preparation temperature. At 300 K, pentacene displays Stranski-Krastanov growth, whereas at 200 K fine-grained, layer-like film growth takes place, which predominantly influences the threshold voltage. Temperature dependent mobility measurements demonstrate good agreement with the established multiple trapping and release model, which in turn indicates a predominant concentration of shallow traps in the crystal grains and at the oxide-semiconductor interface. Mobility and threshold voltage measurements as a function of coverage reveal that up to four full monolayers contribute to the overall charge transport. A significant influence on the effective mobility also stems from the access resistance at the gold contact-semiconductor interface, which is again strongly influenced by the temperature dependent, characteristic film growth mode. PMID:25814770

  7. Room Temperature Oxide Deposition Approach to Fully Transparent, All-Oxide Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Rembert, Thomas; Battaglia, Corsin; Anders, André; Javey, Ali

    2015-10-28

    A room temperature cathodic arc deposition technique is used to produce high-mobility ZnO thin films for low voltage thin-film transistors (TFTs) and digital logic inverters. All-oxide, fully transparent devices are fabricated on alkali-free glass and flexible polyimide foil, exhibiting high performance. This provides a practical materials platform for the low-temperature fabrication of all-oxide TFTs on virtually any substrate. PMID:26455916

  8. Metal oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors for flexible electronics

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    Petti, Luisa; Münzenrieder, Niko; Vogt, Christian; Faber, Hendrik; Büthe, Lars; Cantarella, Giuseppe; Bottacchi, Francesca; Anthopoulos, Thomas D.; Tröster, Gerhard

    2016-06-01

    The field of flexible electronics has rapidly expanded over the last decades, pioneering novel applications, such as wearable and textile integrated devices, seamless and embedded patch-like systems, soft electronic skins, as well as imperceptible and transient implants. The possibility to revolutionize our daily life with such disruptive appliances has fueled the quest for electronic devices which yield good electrical and mechanical performance and are at the same time light-weight, transparent, conformable, stretchable, and even biodegradable. Flexible metal oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors (TFTs) can fulfill all these requirements and are therefore considered the most promising technology for tomorrow's electronics. This review reflects the establishment of flexible metal oxide semiconductor TFTs, from the development of single devices, large-area circuits, up to entirely integrated systems. First, an introduction on metal oxide semiconductor TFTs is given, where the history of the field is revisited, the TFT configurations and operating principles are presented, and the main issues and technological challenges faced in the area are analyzed. Then, the recent advances achieved for flexible n-type metal oxide semiconductor TFTs manufactured by physical vapor deposition methods and solution-processing techniques are summarized. In particular, the ability of flexible metal oxide semiconductor TFTs to combine low temperature fabrication, high carrier mobility, large frequency operation, extreme mechanical bendability, together with transparency, conformability, stretchability, and water dissolubility is shown. Afterward, a detailed analysis of the most promising metal oxide semiconducting materials developed to realize the state-of-the-art flexible p-type TFTs is given. Next, the recent progresses obtained for flexible metal oxide semiconductor-based electronic circuits, realized with both unipolar and complementary technology, are reported. In particular

  9. Light-induced characteristic variations in organic thin-film transistors with a poly(vinylphenol-co-methyl methacrylate)/titanium-dioxide nanocomposite gate dielectric

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    Kim, Dongwook; Shin, Hyunji; Park, Sangcheol; Lee, Dokyoung; Choi, Jong Sun; Baang, Sungkeun; Ham, Youngjin; Park, Jaehoon; Piao, Shang Hao; Choi, Hyoung Jin

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the effect of light exposure on the electrical characteristics of organic thinfilm transistors (OTFTs) fabricated with a cross-linked poly(vinylphenol-co-methyl methacrylate) (PVP-co-PMMA)/titanium-dioxide (TiO2) nanocomposite gate dielectric. When illuminated, the off-state drain current increased significantly in the OTFTs containing the TiO2 nanocomposite gate dielectric, but changed negligibly in those containing the pristine PVP-co-PMMA gate dielectric. On the other hand, the dependence of the on-state drain current on the photon energy was similar in both cases. These results can be explained in terms of photogenerated charge carriers in the organic semiconductor and the TiO2 nanoparticles.

  10. Carbon nanotube electrodes in organic transistors.

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    Valitova, Irina; Amato, Michele; Mahvash, Farzaneh; Cantele, Giovanni; Maffucci, Antonio; Santato, Clara; Martel, Richard; Cicoira, Fabio

    2013-06-01

    The scope of this Minireview is to provide an overview of the recent progress on carbon nanotube electrodes applied to organic thin film transistors. After an introduction on the general aspects of the charge injection processes at various electrode-semiconductor interfaces, we discuss the great potential of carbon nanotube electrodes for organic thin film transistors and the recent achievements in the field. PMID:23639944

  11. A review of carbon nanotube- and graphene-based flexible thin-film transistors.

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    Sun, Dong-Ming; Liu, Chang; Ren, Wen-Cai; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2013-04-22

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene have attracted great attention for numerous applications for future flexible electronics, owing to their supreme properties including exceptionally high electronic conductivity and mechanical strength. Here, the progress of CNT- and graphene-based flexible thin-film transistors from material preparation, device fabrication techniques to transistor performance control is reviewed. State-of-the-art fabrication techniques of thin-film transistors are divided into three categories: solid-phase, liquid-phase, and gas-phase techniques, and possible scale-up approaches to achieve realistic production of flexible nanocarbon-based transistors are discussed. In particular, the recent progress in flexible all-carbon nanomaterial transistor research is highlighted, and this all-carbon strategy opens up a perspective to realize extremely flexible, stretchable, and transparent electronics with a relatively low-cost and fast fabrication technique, compared to traditional rigid silicon, metal and metal oxide electronics. PMID:23519953

  12. Electric field-induced structural changes in pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors studied by in situ micro-Raman spectroscopy

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    Cheng, H. L.; Chou, W. Y.; Kuo, C. W.; Tang, F. C.; Wang, Y. W.

    2006-04-01

    We have investigated the electric field-induced microscopic structural changes in polycrystalline pentacene-based organic transistors by using in situ micro-Raman spectroscopy. Extra vibrational modes resulting from molecular coupling effect in pentacene film were studied. The herringbone packing of pentacene molecules in solid film is affected by external field and the process is proven to be partially irreversible. In the meantime, in-phase coupling of the C-H bending mode was found to be highly related to the carrier transport of pentacene film. Obtained results suggest that optimal intermolecular π-orbital overlap of pentacene molecules is still a critical factor impacting the carrier transportation for pentacene film featuring polycrystalline morphology.

  13. Fabrication of top-contact pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors with short channels using two-step SU8/poly(vinyl alcohol) lift-off photolithography process

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    Fan, Ching-Lin; Lin, Wei-Chun; Lee, Cheng-Chieh; Lin, Yu-Zuo; Huang, Bohr-Ran

    2016-02-01

    We propose a two-step SU8/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) lift-off photolithography scheme for fabricating top-contact pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) with small channels. The bilayer of PVA and SU8 will not damage the pentacene channel layer in the lift-off photolithography process used in forming the patterned pentacene channel layer and source/drain metal electrodes. We demonstrate a device that not only obtains a 5 µm short channel length for source/drain metal-electrode patterning but also avoids fringe current resulting from pentacene channel layer patterning. The field-effect mobility and threshold voltage of the pentacene-based OTFTs were changed from 0.29 to 0.12 cm2 V-1 s-1 and from -5.74 to -3.19 V by varying the channel length from 50 to 5 µm, respectively. The proposed scheme is a good candidate for use in the design and fabrication of high-performance short-channel organic electronics.

  14. Studies of polycrystalline pentacene thin-film transistors at the microscopic level

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    Cheng, Horng-Long; Chou, Wei-Yang; Kuo, Chia-Wei; Mai, Yu-Shen; Tang, Fu-Ching; Lai, Szu-Hao

    2006-08-01

    The electronic transport properties of polycrystalline pentacene-based thin film transistors (TFTs) were investigated at the microscopic level using microRaman spectroscopy. All the pentacene film, which were thermally evaporated as a layer with thickness of 70 nm, featured polycrystalline structure with only "thin film" phase polymorph and grain morphology as verified by x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. We have investigated the molecular vibrational modes of pentacene in the active channel during operations the organic TFT devices using in-situ Raman spectroscopy. Extra vibrational modes resulting from vibrational coupling effect in pentacene film were studied. The interlayer and intralayer intermolecular vibrational coupling energy was calculated from the Davydov splitting using a simple coupled-oscillator model. The results suggest that the C-H in-plane bending vibrational coupling energy of pentacene molecules in solid film is affected by operating device. Additionally, the aromatic C-C stretching vibrational modes also were investigated. However, it is rather difficult to obtain the variations of lattice parameters of pentacene film in a very small active channel by using electron diffraction and XRD. At the same time, MicroRaman technique provides the capability to explore the intermolecular coupling and molecular structure modifications.

  15. Transparent Flexible Zinc-Indium-Tin Oxide Thin-Film Transistors Fabricated on Polyarylate Films

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    Cheong, Woo-Seok; Bak, Jun-Yong; Kim, Hong Seung

    2010-05-01

    Transparent flexible displays can be realized using active matrix organic light emitting device (AMOLED) with transparent electrodes on transparent plastic substrates. In this study, we developed low-temperature, high-performance [ZITO, ZnO:In2O3:SnO2=3:1:1 molar ratio] thin-film transistors (TFTs) on polyarylate films. After optimizing the sputtering condition, the ZITO TFT with an ITO electrode had a high mobility of 16.93 cm2 V-1 s-1, and an SS of 0.39, while the ZITO TFT with a ZTO:B electrode showed no hysteresis on sweeping, a mobility of 2.29 cm2 V-1 s-1 and an SS of 0.18.

  16. Operational stability in pentacene thin-film transistors with threshold voltages tuned by oxygen plasma treatment

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    Kimura, Yoshinari; Kitamura, Masatoshi; Kitani, Asahi; Arakawa, Yasuhiko

    2016-02-01

    Pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) having a SiO2 gate dielectric treated with oxygen plasma have been investigated for control of the threshold voltage. The threshold voltage changed in the wide range from -15 to 80 V, depending on plasma treatment time, AC power for plasma generation, and gate dielectric thickness. The threshold voltage change was attributed to negative charges induced on and/or near the surface of the gate dielectric. The threshold voltage change on the order of 1 V was particularly proportional to plasma treatment time. The predictable change enables the control of threshold voltage in this range. In addition, the effect of gate bias stress on threshold voltage was examined. The results suggested that gate bias stress does not negate the threshold voltage change induced by plasma treatment.

  17. A high-k ferroelectric relaxor terpolymer as a gate dielectric for orgnaic thin film transistors

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    Wu, Shan; Shao, Ming; Burlingame, Quinn; Chen, Xiangzhong; Lin, Minren; Xiao, Kai; Zhang, Qiming

    2013-01-01

    Poly(vinylidenefluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)) is a ferroelectric terpolymer relaxor with a static dielectric constant of 50, which was developed using defect modification to eliminate remnant polarization in the normal ferroelectric PVDF. In this work, this solution processable terpolymer was used as the gate insulator in bottom gated organic thin-film transistors with a pentacene semiconductor layer. Due to the high dielectric constant of P(VDF-TrFE- CFE), a large capacitive coupling between the gate and channel can be achieved which causes a high charge concentration at the interface of the semiconductor and dielectric layers. In this device, an on/ off ratio of 104 and a low minimum operation gate voltage (5-10 V) were attained

  18. Self Contact Organic Transistors

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    Inoue, Jun-ichi; Wada, Hiroshi; Mori, Takehiko

    2010-07-01

    Thin films of various organic semiconductors, such as pentacene, sexithiophene, copper phthalocyanine, and C60, as well as an organic charge-transfer salt (TTF)(TCNQ) [TTF: tetrathiafulvalene; TCNQ: tetracyanoquinodimethane] are laser-irradiated to form conductive films, which are identified by Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy to be carbon. The resulting practically transparent films are as conductive as laser-sintered carbon films and show temperature-independent conductivity. Source and drain electrodes of organic field-effect transistors are patterned by this method; in these “self-contact” transistors, both the active layers and the electrodes are derived from the same organic film. The laser-sintered carbon films are also utilized for organic single-crystal transistors based on rubrene and TCNQ.

  19. Molybdenum as a contact material in zinc tin oxide thin film transistors

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    Hu, W.; Peterson, R. L.

    2014-05-12

    Amorphous oxide semiconductors are of increasing interest for a variety of thin film electronics applications. Here, the contact properties of different source/drain electrode materials to solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide (ZTO) thin-film transistors are studied using the transmission line method. The width-normalized contact resistance between ZTO and sputtered molybdenum is measured to be 8.7 Ω-cm, which is 10, 20, and 600 times smaller than that of gold/titanium, indium tin oxide, and evaporated molybdenum electrodes, respectively. The superior contact formed using sputtered molybdenum is due to a favorable work function lineup, an insulator-free interface, bombardment of ZTO during molybdenum sputtering, and trap-assisted tunneling. The transfer length of the sputtered molybdenum/ZTO contact is 0.34 μm, opening the door to future radio-frequency sub-micron molybdenum/ZTO thin film transistors.

  20. Clean graphene electrodes on organic thin-film devices via orthogonal fluorinated chemistry.

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    Beck, Jonathan H; Barton, Robert A; Cox, Marshall P; Alexandrou, Konstantinos; Petrone, Nicholas; Olivieri, Giorgia; Yang, Shyuan; Hone, James; Kymissis, Ioannis

    2015-04-01

    Graphene is a promising flexible, highly transparent, and elementally abundant electrode for organic electronics. Typical methods utilized to transfer large-area films of graphene synthesized by chemical vapor deposition on metal catalysts are not compatible with organic thin-films, limiting the integration of graphene into organic optoelectronic devices. This article describes a graphene transfer process onto chemically sensitive organic semiconductor thin-films. The process incorporates an elastomeric stamp with a fluorinated polymer release layer that can be removed, post-transfer, via a fluorinated solvent; neither fluorinated material adversely affects the organic semiconductor materials. We used Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy to show that chemical vapor deposition graphene can be successfully transferred without inducing defects in the graphene film. To demonstrate our transfer method's compatibility with organic semiconductors, we fabricate three classes of organic thin-film devices: graphene field effect transistors without additional cleaning processes, transparent organic light-emitting diodes, and transparent small-molecule organic photovoltaic devices. These experiments demonstrate the potential of hybrid graphene/organic devices in which graphene is deposited directly onto underlying organic thin-film structures. PMID:25774924

  1. High-performance carbon nanotube thin-film transistors on flexible paper substrates

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    Liu, Na; Yun, Ki Nam; Yu, Hyun-Yong; Lee, Cheol Jin; Shim, Joon Hyung

    2015-03-09

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are promising materials as active channels for flexible transistors owing to their excellent electrical and mechanical properties. However, flexible SWCNT transistors have never been realized on paper substrates, which are widely used, inexpensive, and recyclable. In this study, we fabricated SWCNT thin-film transistors on photo paper substrates. The devices exhibited a high on/off current ratio of more than 10{sup 6} and a field-effect mobility of approximately 3 cm{sup 2}/V·s. The proof-of-concept demonstration indicates that SWCNT transistors on flexible paper substrates could be applied as low-cost and recyclable flexible electronics.

  2. Characteristics of a Field-Effect Transistor Fabricated with Electropolymerized Thin Film

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    Oyama, Noboru; Yoshimura, Fumihiro; Ohsaka, Takeo; Koezuka, Hiroshi; Ando, Torahiko

    1988-03-01

    The preparation and characteristics of the solid-state field-effect transistor (FET) based on poly(p,p'-biphenol)(PBP) thin film prepared by electropolymerization of p,p'-biphenol are presented. The PBP-based FET displayed excellent drain current (ID)-drain voltage (VD) characteristics for various gate voltages. The ID-VD characteristics were analyzed as in a conventional MOS transistor.

  3. A new drain current model for amorphous IGZO thin film transistors

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    Qiang, Lei; Yao, Ruo-He

    2015-04-01

    Based on the conduction mechanisms of amorphous InGaZnO (a-IGZO) thin film transistors, generalized equations are derived which permit the determination of drain current characteristics. A geometry-independent definition for field effect mobility considering the ratio of free-to-trapped carriers is introduced, which conveys the properties of the active semiconducting layer. It is suggested that a drain current model that includes different charge transports gives a consistent and accurate description of the electrical behavior. The good agreement between measured and calculated results confirms the efficiency of this model for the design of integrated large-area thin-film circuits.

  4. Self-formed copper oxide contact interlayer for high-performance oxide thin film transistors

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    Gao, Xu E-mail: TSUKAGOSHI.Kazuhito@nims.go.jp; Aikawa, Shinya; Mitoma, Nobuhiko; Lin, Meng-Fang; Kizu, Takio; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito E-mail: TSUKAGOSHI.Kazuhito@nims.go.jp; Nabatame, Toshihide

    2014-07-14

    Oxide thin film transistor employing copper source/drain electrodes shows a small turn on voltage and reduced hysteresis. Cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy image confirmed the formation of ∼4 nm CuO{sub x} related interlayer. The lower bond-dissociation energy of Cu-O compared to Si-O and In-O suggests that the interlayer was formed by adsorbing oxygen molecules from surrounding environment instead of getting oxygen atoms from the semiconductor film. The formation of CuO{sub x} interlayer acting as an acceptor could suppress the carrier concentration in the transistor channel, which would be utilized to control the turn on voltage shifts in oxide thin film transistors.

  5. Transparent Thin Film Transistors based on Pristine and Doped Indium Oxide Nanowires

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    Chen, Po-Chiang; Shen, Guozhen; Sukcharoenchoke, Saowalak; Zhou, Chongwu

    2009-03-01

    The key to the realization of transparent electronics is the development of transparent thin film transistors (TTFT) with good device performance, in terms of high device mobility, low temperature fabrication, and optical transparency. We present our work on the fabrication of high performance TTFTs using both pristine In2O3 nanowires and doped In2O3 nanowires. In2O3 nanowire TTFTs were made on glass and PET substrates with Al2O3 as gate insulator and ITO source/drain electrodes. These devices showed a transparency of about 80% and n-type transistor performance. The device characteristics exhibit a subthreshold slope of 0.2 V/dec, a current on/off ratio of 10^6, and a field-effect mobility of 514 cm^2V-1S-1. We also fabricated TTFTs wbuilt on Arsenic-doped In2O3 nanowires with a field-effect mobility of 1,183.8 cm^2V-1S-1 without any post-treatments. In addition, we integrated TTFTs with organic light emitting diode (OLED) to make an active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) display, and thus made an animation by controlling the OLED light output.

  6. High-mobility ambipolar ZnO-graphene hybrid thin film transistors

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    Song, Wooseok; Kwon, Soon Yeol; Myung, Sung; Jung, Min Wook; Kim, Seong Jun; Min, Bok Ki; Kang, Min-A; Kim, Sung Ho; Lim, Jongsun; An, Ki-Seok

    2014-01-01

    In order to combine advantages of ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs) with a high on-off ratio and graphene TFTs with extremely high carrier mobility, we present a facile methodology for fabricating ZnO thin film/graphene hybrid two-dimensional TFTs. Hybrid TFTs exhibited ambipolar behavior, an outstanding electron mobility of 329.7 ± 16.9 cm2/V·s, and a high on-off ratio of 105. The ambipolar behavior of the ZnO/graphene hybrid TFT with high electron mobility could be due to the superimposed density of states involving the donor states in the bandgap of ZnO thin films and the linear dispersion of monolayer graphene. We further established an applicable circuit model for understanding the improvement in carrier mobility of ZnO/graphene hybrid TFTs. PMID:24513629

  7. Conductance simulation in an a-Si:H thin-film transistor with Schottky barriers

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    Vishnyakov, A. V. Efremov, M. D.

    2010-09-15

    It is shown by numerical simulation that the drain-source Schottky contacts substantially control the conductance of a thin-film transistor in the above-barrier region. At a barrier height in excess of 0.75 eV, the effect of crowding manifests itself; this effect is caused by an increase in electric field at the edge of the source electrode as the pulling voltage is increased, which brings about a local lowering of the barrier and an increase in the current through the reverse-biased Schottky barrier. The effective mobility in the thin-film transistor is controlled by the film and is independent of the barrier height.

  8. Morphological impact of zinc oxide layers on the device performance in thin-film transistors.

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    Faber, Hendrik; Klaumünzer, Martin; Voigt, Michael; Galli, Diana; Vieweg, Benito F; Peukert, Wolfgang; Spiecker, Erdmann; Halik, Marcus

    2011-03-01

    Zinc oxide thin-films are prepared either by spin coating of an ethanolic dispersion of nanoparticles (NP, diameter 5 nm) or by spray pyrolysis of a zinc acetate dihydrate precursor. High-resolution electron microscopy studies reveal a monolayer of particles for the low temperature spin coating approach and larger crystalline domains of more than 30 nm for the spray pyrolysis technique. Thin-film transistor devices (TFTs) based on spray pyrolysis films exhibit higher electron mobilities of up to 24 cm2 V(-1) s(-1) compared to 0.6 cm2 V(-1) s(-1) for NP based TFTs. These observations were dedicated to a reduced number of grain boundaries within the transistor channel. PMID:21116548

  9. All diamond self-aligned thin film transistor

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    Gerbi, Jennifer

    2008-07-01

    A substantially all diamond transistor with an electrically insulating substrate, an electrically conductive diamond layer on the substrate, and a source and a drain contact on the electrically conductive diamond layer. An electrically insulating diamond layer is in contact with the electrically conductive diamond layer, and a gate contact is on the electrically insulating diamond layer. The diamond layers may be homoepitaxial, polycrystalline, nanocrystalline or ultrananocrystalline in various combinations.A method of making a substantially all diamond self-aligned gate transistor is disclosed in which seeding and patterning can be avoided or minimized, if desired.

  10. Mixed Polarization Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation Spectra of Organic Semiconducting Thin Films

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    Kearns, Patrick; Sohrabpour, Zahara; Massari, Aaron M.

    2014-06-01

    The buried interface of an organic semiconductor at the dielectric has a large on influence on the function of organic field effect transistors (OFETs). The use of vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) to obtain structural and orientational information on the buried interfaces of organic thin films has historically been complicated by the signals from other interfaces in the system. A thin film of N,N'-Dioctyl-3,4,9,10-perylenedicarboximide (PTCDI-C8) was deposited on a SiO2 dielectric to simulate the interfaces found in OFETs. We will show how probing the sample with a varying mixture of linear polarizations in the experimental setup can deconvolute contributions to the overall signal from multiple interfaces.

  11. Thin film transistors on plastic substrates with reflective coatings for radiation protection

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    Wolfe, Jesse D.; Theiss, Steven D.; Carey, Paul G.; Smith, Patrick M.; Wickbold, Paul

    2006-09-26

    Fabrication of silicon thin film transistors (TFT) on low-temperature plastic substrates using a reflective coating so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The TFT can be used in large area low cost electronics, such as flat panel displays and portable electronics such as video cameras, personal digital assistants, and cell phones.

  12. Thin film transistors on plastic substrates with reflective coatings for radiation protection

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    Wolfe, Jesse D.; Theiss, Steven D.; Carey, Paul G.; Smith, Patrick M.; Wickboldt, Paul

    2003-11-04

    Fabrication of silicon thin film transistors (TFT) on low-temperature plastic substrates using a reflective coating so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The TFT can be used in large area low cost electronics, such as flat panel displays and portable electronics such as video cameras, personal digital assistants, and cell phones.

  13. Carbon nanotube network thin-film transistors on flexible/stretchable substrates

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    Takei, Kuniharu; Takahashi, Toshitake; Javey, Ali

    2016-03-29

    This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus for flexible thin-film transistors. In one aspect, a device includes a polymer substrate, a gate electrode disposed on the polymer substrate, a dielectric layer disposed on the gate electrode and on exposed portions of the polymer substrate, a carbon nanotube network disposed on the dielectric layer, and a source electrode and a drain electrode disposed on the carbon nanotube network.

  14. Metal-organic frameworks: A thin film opening

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    Sumby, Christopher J.

    2016-04-01

    The properties of metal-organic frameworks -- promising for a myriad of applications -- can be commonly tuned by judicious choice of the building blocks used to prepare the material. Now, simply downsizing a rigid, non-porous MOF to a thin film has been shown to endow it with dynamic, gate-opening-type guest uptake behaviour.

  15. Experimental and numerical investigation of contact-area-limited doping for top-contact pentacene thin-film transistors with Schottky contact.

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    Noda, Kei; Wada, Yasuo; Toyabe, Toru

    2015-10-28

    Effects of contact-area-limited doping for pentacene thin-film transistors with a bottom-gate, top-contact configuration were investigated. The increase in the drain current and the effective field-effect mobility was achieved by preparing hole-doped layers underneath the gold contact electrodes by coevaporation of pentacene and 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ), confirmed by using a thin-film organic transistor advanced simulator (TOTAS) incorporating Schottky contact with a thermionic field emission (TFE) model. Although the simulated electrical characteristics fit the experimental results well only in the linear regime of the transistor operation, the barrier height for hole injection and the gate-voltage-dependent hole mobility in the pentacene transistors were evaluated with the aid of the device simulation. This experimental data analysis with the simulation indicates that the highly-doped semiconducting layers prepared in the contact regions can enhance the charge carrier injection into the active semiconductor layer and concurrent trap filling in the transistor channel, caused by the mitigation of a Schottky energy barrier. This study suggests that both the contact-area-limited doping and the device simulation dealing with Schottky contact are indispensable in designing and developing high-performance organic thin-film transistors. PMID:24922359

  16. Method of fabrication of display pixels driven by silicon thin film transistors

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    Carey, Paul G.; Smith, Patrick M.

    1999-01-01

    Display pixels driven by silicon thin film transistors are fabricated on plastic substrates for use in active matrix displays, such as flat panel displays. The process for forming the pixels involves a prior method for forming individual silicon thin film transistors on low-temperature plastic substrates. Low-temperature substrates are generally considered as being incapable of withstanding sustained processing temperatures greater than about 200.degree. C. The pixel formation process results in a complete pixel and active matrix pixel array. A pixel (or picture element) in an active matrix display consists of a silicon thin film transistor (TFT) and a large electrode, which may control a liquid crystal light valve, an emissive material (such as a light emitting diode or LED), or some other light emitting or attenuating material. The pixels can be connected in arrays wherein rows of pixels contain common gate electrodes and columns of pixels contain common drain electrodes. The source electrode of each pixel TFT is connected to its pixel electrode, and is electrically isolated from every other circuit element in the pixel array.

  17. Simulation of heterojunction organic thin film devices and exciton diffusion analysis in stacked-hetero device

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    Kamohara, Itaru; Townsend, Mark; Cottle, Bob

    2005-01-01

    A two-dimensional device simulation methodology for organic heterojunction thin film devices has been developed. Multilayer organic light emitting diodes, organic thin film heterojunction field effect transistors, and stacked heterojunction organic complementary devices were simulated. Heterojunction organic layer devices have been analyzed using a two-dimensional simulator with heterointerface models and organic material specific models. The stacked heterojunction organic double carrier device exhibits both horizontal and vertical carrier flow in the organic thin film. This unique dual-directional carrier flow shows efficient electron-hole recombination resulting in exciton generation in the organic heterojunction layers. Furthermore, the enhanced behavior of the generated excitons has been analyzed using a self-consistent exciton diffusion model. The vertical (thickness) diffusion of the excitons and the lateral (along heterointerface) diffusion (accompanied by exciton hopping) were simulated. The exciton diffusion model is applicable to electroluminescent characteristics in organic devices. This feature is one of the essential differences between the present model for high-injected polymer devices and conventional drift-diffusion transport in nonpolymer semiconductor devices.

  18. Conductance Thin Film Model of Flexible Organic Thin Film Device using COMSOL Multiphysics

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    Carradero-Santiago, Carolyn; Vedrine-Pauléus, Josee

    We developed a virtual model to analyze the electrical conductivity of multilayered thin films placed above a graphene conducting and flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The organic layers of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) as a hole conducting layer, poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT), as a p-type, phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and as n-type, with aluminum as a top conductor. COMSOL Multiphysics was the software we used to develop the virtual model to analyze potential variations and conductivity through the thin-film layers. COMSOL Multiphysics software allows simulation and modeling of physical phenomena represented by differential equations such as heat transfer, fluid flow, electromagnetism, and structural mechanics. In this work, using the AC/DC, electric currents module we defined the geometry of the model and properties for each of the six layers: PET/graphene/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT/PCBM/aluminum. We analyzed the model with varying thicknesses of graphene and active layers (P3HT/PCBM). This simulation allowed us to analyze the electrical conductivity, and visualize the model with varying voltage potential, or bias across the plates, useful for applications in solar cell devices.

  19. Zinc oxide integrated area efficient high output low power wavy channel thin film transistor

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    Hanna, A. N.; Ghoneim, M. T.; Bahabry, R. R.; Hussain, A. M.; Hussain, M. M.

    2013-11-25

    We report an atomic layer deposition based zinc oxide channel material integrated thin film transistor using wavy channel architecture allowing expansion of the transistor width in the vertical direction using the fin type features. The experimental devices show area efficiency, higher normalized output current, and relatively lower power consumption compared to the planar architecture. This performance gain is attributed to the increased device width and an enhanced applied electric field due to the architecture when compared to a back gated planar device with the same process conditions.

  20. Field-induced macroscopic barrier model for persistent photoconductivity in nanocrystalline oxide thin-film transistors

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    Choi, Hyun-Sik; Jeon, Sanghun

    2014-03-01

    Persistent photoconductivity (PPC) in nanocrystalline InZnO thin-film transistors (TFTs) was studied using carrier fluctuation measurements and transient analysis. Low-frequency noise measurements and decay kinetics indicate that the band bending by the external field together with the ionized oxygen vacancy (Vo++) generated during the light exposure is the main cause of the PPC phenomenon. Based on these observations, a field-induced macroscopic barrier model is proposed as the origin of PPC for InZnO TFTs. In particular, this model explains that the carrier separation between e and Vo++ is induced by the external field applied to the three electrodes inside the transistor.

  1. Analytical and T-CAD modeling of pentacene thin-film transistors

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    Chen, Yet-Min; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Huang, Jian-Jang; Lee, Jiun-Haw; Wang, Yu-Wu; Wang, Yi-Kai

    2006-08-01

    Many researches report that the mobility in organic material is dependent on not only the gate field but also the grain size. There is also some evidence to prove that the gate length is strongly related to the carrier mobility. We construct both the analytical model of organic thin film transistor and the large signal circuit model designed by T-CAD to fit the measured I DS - V DS curves. We first apply basic I DS - V DS equations in both triode and saturation regions with mobility μ best fitted to measured I-V curves. The "best-fitted" μ increases with the gate length, and is related to the increase of total channel resistance due to the presence of small grains size of pentacene next to source/drain electrodes. We then use the Advanced Design System software to design the large signal circuit model. Similar to the MOSFET, we add the additional parameters to fit the I DS - V DS curves, ex: Rgd, Rgs, and Rp. Here, Rgd. With the circuit simulation, we find that Rgd presents the leakage current from gate to source, and it affects the slope of curves in the saturation region in the I DS - V DS curves. The equivalent circuit can fit the I DS - V DS curves very well with the proper parameter set.

  2. Ferroelectric memory element based on thin film field effect transistor

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    Poghosyan, A. R.; Aghamalyan, N. R.; Elbakyan, E. Y.; Guo, R.; Hovsepyan, R. K.

    2013-09-01

    We report the preparation and investigation of ferroelectric field effect transistors (FET) using ZnO:Li films with high field mobility of the charge carriers as a FET channel and as a ferroelectric active element simultaneously. The possibility for using of ferroelectric FET based on the ZnO:Li films in the ZnO:Li/LaB6 heterostructure as a bi-stable memory element for information recording is shown. The proposed ferroelectric memory structure does not manifest a fatigue after multiple readout of once recorded information.

  3. Growth and physical properties of molecular organic thin films

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    Fraxedas, J.

    2004-04-01

    Highly-oriented polycrystalline thin films of molecular organic materials consisting of small molecules can be easily obtained by physical and chemical vapour deposition methods. The crystallographic phase, orientation and morphology of the films critically depend on the interface and on the kinetics of growth and can be controlled, to a certain extent, by a judicious selection of the substrates and of the growth parameters. This article shortly explores the formation of organic-inorganic heterostructures as a function of coverage: from the most fundamental case, a single molecule on a surface, to thick films (thickness ˜ 1 μ m). The case of high-quality thick TTF-TCNQ films exemplifies the fact that the derived physical properties are essentially identical to those obtained from single crystals. Key words. Molecular organic materials thin films interfaces.

  4. Characterization of the pentacene thin-film transistors with an epoxy resin-based polymeric gate insulator

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    Kim, C. H.; Tondelier, D.; Geffroy, B.; Bonnassieux, Y.; Horowitz, G.

    2012-02-01

    The organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) incorporating pentacene/SU-8 interface were fabricated and characterized. SU-8, a reliable epoxy-based photoresist, is tested as a potential highly-stable polymeric gate dielectric for OTFTs. The fabricated devices showed promising electrical performance with on-off ratio up to 107 and field-effect mobility up to 0.56 cm2/V s. Several device characteristics are further analyzed. There existed a leakage current path due to the uncontrolled pentacene coverage and we revealed that precise alignment of the evaporation mask of pentacene is critical for eliminating this problem. Pentacene grain formation largely depended on the growth condition on the SU-8 surface and small-grain films offered outstanding performance possibly owing to enhanced inter-domain connections. Natural degradation of the OTFTs is also discussed in terms of environmental stability and the pentacene/SU-8 transistor operated with noticeable air stability under ambient conditions.

  5. Fabrication of InGaN thin-film transistors using pulsed sputtering deposition.

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    Itoh, Takeki; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ueno, Kohei; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    We report the first demonstration of operational InGaN-based thin-film transistors (TFTs) on glass substrates. The key to our success was coating the glass substrate with a thin amorphous layer of HfO2, which enabled a highly c-axis-oriented growth of InGaN films using pulsed sputtering deposition. The electrical characteristics of the thin films were controlled easily by varying their In content. The optimized InGaN-TFTs exhibited a high on/off ratio of ~10(8), a field-effect mobility of ~22 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), and a maximum current density of ~30 mA/mm. These results lay the foundation for developing high-performance electronic devices on glass substrates using group III nitride semiconductors. PMID:27383148

  6. Dual Gate Thin Film Transistors Based on Indium Oxide Active Layers

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    Kekuda, Dhananjaya; Rao, K. Mohan; Tolpadi, Amita; Chu, C. W.

    2011-07-15

    Polycrystalline Indium Oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) thin films were employed as an active channel layer for the fabrication of bottom and top gate thin film transistors. While conventional SiO{sub 2} served as a bottom gate dielectric, cross-linked poly-4-vinylphenol (PVP) was used a top gate dielectric. These nano-crystalline TFTs exhibited n-channel behavior with their transport behavior highly dependent on the thickness of the channel. The correlation between the thickness of the active layer and TFT parameters such as on/off ratio, field-effect mobility, threshold voltage were carried out. The optical spectra revealed a high transmittance in the entire visible region, thus making them promising candidates for the display technology.

  7. Fabrication of InGaN thin-film transistors using pulsed sputtering deposition

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    Itoh, Takeki; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ueno, Kohei; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    We report the first demonstration of operational InGaN-based thin-film transistors (TFTs) on glass substrates. The key to our success was coating the glass substrate with a thin amorphous layer of HfO2, which enabled a highly c-axis-oriented growth of InGaN films using pulsed sputtering deposition. The electrical characteristics of the thin films were controlled easily by varying their In content. The optimized InGaN-TFTs exhibited a high on/off ratio of ~108, a field-effect mobility of ~22 cm2 V−1 s−1, and a maximum current density of ~30 mA/mm. These results lay the foundation for developing high-performance electronic devices on glass substrates using group III nitride semiconductors. PMID:27383148

  8. Significant electrical control of amorphous oxide thin film transistors by an ultrathin Ti surface polarity modifier

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    Cho, Byungsu; Choi, Yonghyuk; Shin, Seokyoon; Jeon, Heeyoung; Seo, Hyungtak; Jeon, Hyeongtag

    2014-01-27

    We demonstrate an enhanced electrical stability through a Ti oxide (TiO{sub x}) layer on the amorphous InGaZnO (a-IGZO) back-channel; this layer acts as a surface polarity modifier. Ultrathin Ti deposited on the a-IGZO existed as a TiO{sub x} thin film, resulting in oxygen cross-binding with a-IGZO surface. The electrical properties of a-IGZO thin film transistors (TFTs) with TiO{sub x} depend on the surface polarity change and electronic band structure evolution. This result indicates that TiO{sub x} on the back-channel serves as not only a passivation layer protecting the channel from ambient molecules or process variables but also a control layer of TFT device parameters.

  9. Germanium and Silicon Nanocrystal Thin-Film Field-Effect Transistors from Solution

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    Holman, Zachary C.; Liu, Chin-Yi; Kortshagen, Uwe R.

    2010-07-09

    Germanium and silicon have lagged behind more popular II-VI and IV-VI semiconductor materials in the emerging field of semiconductor nanocrystal thin film devices. We report germanium and silicon nanocrystal field-effect transistors fabricated by synthesizing nanocrystals in a plasma, transferring them into solution, and casting thin films. Germanium devices show n-type, ambipolar, or p-type behavior depending on annealing temperature with electron and hole mobilities as large as 0.02 and 0.006 cm2 V-1 s-1, respectively. Silicon devices exhibit n-type behavior without any postdeposition treatment, but are plagued by poor film morphology.

  10. The effect of thermal annealing on pentacene thin film transistor with micro contact printing.

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    Shin, Hong-Sik; Yun, Ho-Jin; Baek, Kyu-Ha; Ham, Yong-Hyun; Park, Kun-Sik; Kim, Dong-Pyo; Lee, Ga-Won; Lee, Hi-Deok; Lee, Kijun; Do, Lee-Mi

    2012-07-01

    We used micro contact printing (micro-CP) to fabricate inverted coplanar pentacene thin film transistors (TFTs) with 1-microm channels. The patterning of micro-scale source/drain electrodes without etch process was successfully achieved using Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer stamp. We used the Ag nano particle ink as an electrode material, and the sheet resistance and surface roughness of the Ag electrodes were effectively reduced with the 2-step thermal annealing on a hotplate, which improved the mobility, the on-off ratio, and the subthreshold slope (SS) of the pentacene TFTs. In addition, the device annealing on a hotplate in a N2 atmosphere for 30 sec can enhance the off-current and the mobility properties of OTFTs without damaging the pentacene thin films and increase the adhesion between pentacene and dielectric layer (SiO2), which was investigated with the pentacene films phase change of the XRD spectrum after device annealing. PMID:22966565

  11. Fabrication of InGaN thin-film transistors using pulsed sputtering deposition

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    Itoh, Takeki; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ueno, Kohei; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2016-07-01

    We report the first demonstration of operational InGaN-based thin-film transistors (TFTs) on glass substrates. The key to our success was coating the glass substrate with a thin amorphous layer of HfO2, which enabled a highly c-axis-oriented growth of InGaN films using pulsed sputtering deposition. The electrical characteristics of the thin films were controlled easily by varying their In content. The optimized InGaN-TFTs exhibited a high on/off ratio of ~108, a field-effect mobility of ~22 cm2 V‑1 s‑1, and a maximum current density of ~30 mA/mm. These results lay the foundation for developing high-performance electronic devices on glass substrates using group III nitride semiconductors.

  12. Dual operation characteristics of resistance random access memory in indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin film transistors

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    Yang, Jyun-Bao; Chen, Yu-Ting; Chu, Ann-Kuo; Chang, Ting-Chang; Huang, Jheng-Jie; Chen, Yu-Chun; Tseng, Hsueh-Chih; Sze, Simon M.

    2014-04-14

    In this study, indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin film transistors can be operated either as transistors or resistance random access memory devices. Before the forming process, current-voltage curve transfer characteristics are observed, and resistance switching characteristics are measured after a forming process. These resistance switching characteristics exhibit two behaviors, and are dominated by different mechanisms. The mode 1 resistance switching behavior is due to oxygen vacancies, while mode 2 is dominated by the formation of an oxygen-rich layer. Furthermore, an easy approach is proposed to reduce power consumption when using these resistance random access memory devices with the amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin film transistor.

  13. Conduction Threshold in Accumulation-Mode InGaZnO Thin Film Transistors

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    Lee, Sungsik; Nathan, Arokia

    2016-01-01

    The onset of inversion in the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) takes place when the surface potential is approximately twice the bulk potential. In contrast, the conduction threshold in accumulation mode transistors, such as the oxide thin film transistor (TFT), has remained ambiguous in view of the complex density of states distribution in the mobility gap. This paper quantitatively describes the conduction threshold of accumulation-mode InGaZnO TFTs as the transition of the Fermi level from deep to tail states, which can be defined as the juxtaposition of linear and exponential dependencies of the accumulated carrier density on energy. Indeed, this permits direct extraction and visualization of the threshold voltage in terms of the second derivative of the drain current with respect to gate voltage. PMID:26932790

  14. Conduction Threshold in Accumulation-Mode InGaZnO Thin Film Transistors.

    PubMed

    Lee, Sungsik; Nathan, Arokia

    2016-01-01

    The onset of inversion in the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) takes place when the surface potential is approximately twice the bulk potential. In contrast, the conduction threshold in accumulation mode transistors, such as the oxide thin film transistor (TFT), has remained ambiguous in view of the complex density of states distribution in the mobility gap. This paper quantitatively describes the conduction threshold of accumulation-mode InGaZnO TFTs as the transition of the Fermi level from deep to tail states, which can be defined as the juxtaposition of linear and exponential dependencies of the accumulated carrier density on energy. Indeed, this permits direct extraction and visualization of the threshold voltage in terms of the second derivative of the drain current with respect to gate voltage. PMID:26932790

  15. Conduction Threshold in Accumulation-Mode InGaZnO Thin Film Transistors

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    Lee, Sungsik; Nathan, Arokia

    2016-03-01

    The onset of inversion in the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) takes place when the surface potential is approximately twice the bulk potential. In contrast, the conduction threshold in accumulation mode transistors, such as the oxide thin film transistor (TFT), has remained ambiguous in view of the complex density of states distribution in the mobility gap. This paper quantitatively describes the conduction threshold of accumulation-mode InGaZnO TFTs as the transition of the Fermi level from deep to tail states, which can be defined as the juxtaposition of linear and exponential dependencies of the accumulated carrier density on energy. Indeed, this permits direct extraction and visualization of the threshold voltage in terms of the second derivative of the drain current with respect to gate voltage.

  16. Effects of Ta Addition Through Co-Sputtering on the Electrical Characteristics of Indium Tin Oxide Thin Film Transistors.

    PubMed

    Park, Si-Nae; Son, Dae-Ho; Sung, Shi-Joon; Kang, Jin-Kyu; Kim, Dae-Hwan

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of adding (Ta) ions to InSnO thin films by co-sputtering on the performance of InSnO thin film transistors (TFTs). TaInSnO TFTs exhibited significantly lower off currents and higher on/off current ratios. Ta ions, owing to their strong affinity to oxygen suppress the formation of free electron carriers in thin films; and hence, play an important role in enhancing the electrical characteristics of the TFTs. The optimized TaInSnO TFTs showed high on/off ratios and low subthreshold swings. PMID:26328366

  17. Microcrystalline organic thin-film solar cells.

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    Verreet, Bregt; Heremans, Paul; Stesmans, Andre; Rand, Barry P

    2013-10-11

    Microcrystalline organic films with tunable thickness are produced directly on an indium-tin-oxide substrate, by crystallizing a thin amorphous rubrene film followed by its use as a template for subsequent homoepitaxial growth. These films, with exciton diffusion lengths exceeding 200 nm, produce solar cells with increasing photocurrents at thicknesses up to 400 nm with a fill factor >65%, demonstrating significant potential for microcrystalline organic electronic devices. PMID:23939936

  18. Efficient organic light-emitting diodes using polycrystalline silicon thin films as semitransparent anode

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    Zhu, X. L.; Sun, J. X.; Peng, H. J.; Meng, Z. G.; Wong, M.; Kwok, H. S.

    2005-08-01

    Polycrystalline silicon (p-Si) is a good material for the construction of thin-film transistors (TFT). It is used for fabricating active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays. In this letter, we propose and demonstrate the application of boron-doped p-Si as a semi-transparent anode in making different color OLEDs. Without removing the ultrathin native oxide on the p-Si surface and employing p-doped hole transport layer to enhance holes injection, these OLEDs show comparable or even better performance to conventional OLEDs which use ITO as anodes. The present technique has the advantage of less masking steps in making AMOLED.

  19. Electric Transport Phenomena of Nanocomposite Organic Polymer Thin Films

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    Jira, Nicholas C.; Sabirianov, Ildar; Ilie, Carolina C.

    We discuss herein the nanocomposite organic thin film diodes for the use of plasmonic solar cells. This experimental work follows the theoretical calculations done for plasmonic solar cells using the MNPBEM toolbox for MatLab. These calculations include dispersion curves and amount of light scattering cross sections for different metallic nanoparticles. This study gives us clear ideas on what to expect from different metals, allowing us to make the best choice on what to use to obtain the best results. One specific technique for light trapping in thin films solar cells utilizes metal nanoparticles on the surface of the semiconductor. The characteristics of the metal, semiconductor interface allows for light to be guided in between them causing it to be scattered, allowing for more chances of absorption. The samples were fabricated using organic thin films made from polymers and metallic nanoparticles, more specifically Poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) copolymer and silver or gold nanoparticles. The two fabrication methods applied include spin coating and Langmuir-Blodgett technique. The transport properties are obtained by analyzing the I-V curves. We will also discuss the resistance, resistivity, conductance, density of charge carriers. SUNY Oswego SCAC Grant.

  20. Influence of molecular structure and microstructure on device performance of polycrystalline pentacene thin-film transistors

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    Cheng, Horng-Long; Mai, Yu-Shen; Chou, Wei-Yang; Chang, Li-Ren

    2007-04-01

    The authors have fabricated the pentacene thin films on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and on silicon dioxide dielectric surfaces featuring similar surface energy and surface roughness. On both surfaces the pentacene films displayed high crystal quality from x-ray diffraction scans, although the film on PMMA had significantly smaller grain size. The pentacene transistors with PMMA exhibited excellent electrical characteristics, including high mobility of above 1.1cm2/Vs, on/off ratio above 106, and sharp subthreshold slope below 1V/decade. The analysis of molecular microstructure of the pentacene films provided a reasonable explanation for the high performance using resonance micro-Raman spectroscopy.

  1. Unified gate capacitance model of polysilicon thin-film transistors for circuit applications

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    Deng, W.; Zheng, X.; Chen, R.; Wu, W.; An, Z.

    2008-07-01

    The characteristics of the gate capacitance at polysilicon thin-film transistors (poly-Si TFTs) based on terms of surface potential have been described and modeled in this paper. An explicit approximate relation for surface potential as a function of terminal voltages is developed. The theory is based on an assumed exponential distribution of trap states in the energy gap. Moreover, the model has been found to give an accurate description of the unique features of poly-Si TFTs, such as rapid increase of Cgs in leakage region and Cgd in kink region. The good agreement between simulated model results and experimental data confirms the accuracy and efficiency of this model.

  2. Critical invisible defect detection system of thin film transistor panels using Kelvin probe force microscopy

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    Park, Yonmook; Heo, Keun

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, a novel method that can perform measurements of the contact potential difference (CPD) between a tip and a thin film transistor (TFT) panel using the Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) is proposed for inspection of critical invisible defects on TFT panels. In this application, the surface potential of a TFT panel is inferred from the electrostatic interaction force between a tip and a TFT panel induced by the electric field. The experimental results are given to illustrate that the KPFM provides a novel and feasible way to detect the most critical invisible defects on TFT panels.

  3. Electric field modulation of thermopower for transparent amorphous oxide thin film transistors

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    Koide, Hirotaka; Nagao, Yuki; Koumoto, Kunihito; Takasaki, Yuka; Umemura, Tomonari; Kato, Takeharu; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2010-11-01

    To clarify the electronic density of states (DOS) around the conduction band bottom for state of the art transparent amorphous oxide semiconductors (TAOSs), InGaZnO4 and In2MgO4, we fabricated TAOS-based transparent thin film transistors (TTFTs) and measured their gate voltage dependence of thermopower (S). TAOS-based TTFTs exhibit an unusual S behavior. The |S|-value abruptly increases but then gradually decreases as Vg increases, clearly suggesting the antiparabolic shaped DOS is hybridized with the original parabolic shaped DOS around the conduction band bottom.

  4. Thin-film transistor fabricated in single-crystalline transparent oxide semiconductor.

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    Nomura, Kenji; Ohta, Hiromichi; Ueda, Kazushige; Kamiya, Toshio; Hirano, Masahiro; Hosono, Hideo

    2003-05-23

    We report the fabrication of transparent field-effect transistors using a single-crystalline thin-film transparent oxide semiconductor, InGaO3(ZnO)5, as an electron channel and amorphous hafnium oxide as a gate insulator. The device exhibits an on-to-off current ratio of approximately 106 and a field-effect mobility of approximately 80 square centimeters per volt per second at room temperature, with operation insensitive to visible light irradiation. The result provides a step toward the realization of transparent electronics for next-generation optoelectronics. PMID:12764192

  5. Technological Innovation of Thin-Film Transistors: Technology Development, History, and Future

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    Yamamoto, Yoshitaka

    2012-06-01

    The scale of the liquid crystal display industry has expanded rapidly, driven by technological innovations for thin-film transistors (TFTs). The TFT technology, which started from amorphous silicon (a-Si), has produced large TVs, and low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) has become a core technology for small displays, such as mobile phones. Recently, various TFT technological seeds have been realized, indicating that new information appliances that match new lifestyles and information infrastructures will be available in the near future. In this article, I review the history of TFT technology and discuss the future of TFT technological development from the technological innovation viewpoint.

  6. Fabrication of high performance thin-film transistors via pressure-induced nucleation

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    Kang, Myung-Koo; Kim, Si Joon; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-01-01

    We report a method to improve the performance of polycrystalline Si (poly-Si) thin-film transistors (TFTs) via pressure-induced nucleation (PIN). During the PIN process, spatial variation in the local solidification temperature occurs because of a non-uniform pressure distribution during laser irradiation of the amorphous Si layer, which is capped with an SiO2 layer. This leads to a four-fold increase in the grain size of the poly-Si thin-films formed using the PIN process, compared with those formed using conventional excimer laser annealing. We find that thin films with optimal electrical properties can be achieved with a reduction in the number of laser irradiations from 20 to 6, as well as the preservation of the interface between the poly-Si and the SiO2 gate insulator. This interface preservation becomes possible to remove the cleaning process prior to gate insulator deposition, and we report devices with a field-effect mobility greater than 160 cm2/Vs. PMID:25358809

  7. Performance of Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Thin-Film Transistors in Saline Solution

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    Gupta, S.; Lacour, S. P.

    2016-03-01

    Transistors are often envisioned as alternative transducing devices to microelectrodes to communicate with the nervous system. Independently of the selected technology, the transistors should have reliable performance when exposed to physiological conditions (37°C, 5% CO2). Here, we report on the reliable performance of parylene encapsulated indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) based thin-film transistors (TFTs) after prolonged exposure to phosphate buffer saline solution in an incubator. The encapsulated IGZO TFTs (W/L = 500 μm/20 μm) have an ON/OFF current ratio of 107 and field effect mobility of 8.05 ± 0.78 cm2/Vs. The transistors operate within 4 V; their threshold voltages and subthreshold slope are ~1.9 V and 200 mV/decade, respectively. After weeks immersed in saline solution and at 37°C, we did not observe any significant deterioration in the transistors' performance. The long-term stability of IGZO transistors at physiological conditions is a promising result in the direction of metal oxide bioelectronics.

  8. Performance of Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Thin-Film Transistors in Saline Solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gupta, S.; Lacour, S. P.

    2016-06-01

    Transistors are often envisioned as alternative transducing devices to microelectrodes to communicate with the nervous system. Independently of the selected technology, the transistors should have reliable performance when exposed to physiological conditions (37°C, 5% CO2). Here, we report on the reliable performance of parylene encapsulated indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) based thin-film transistors (TFTs) after prolonged exposure to phosphate buffer saline solution in an incubator. The encapsulated IGZO TFTs (W/L = 500 μm/20 μm) have an ON/OFF current ratio of 107 and field effect mobility of 8.05 ± 0.78 cm2/Vs. The transistors operate within 4 V; their threshold voltages and subthreshold slope are ~1.9 V and 200 mV/decade, respectively. After weeks immersed in saline solution and at 37°C, we did not observe any significant deterioration in the transistors' performance. The long-term stability of IGZO transistors at physiological conditions is a promising result in the direction of metal oxide bioelectronics.

  9. Bismuth ferrite based thin films, nanofibers, and field effect transistor devices

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    Rivera-Beltran, Rut

    In this research an attempt has been made to explore bismuth ferrite thin films with low leakage current and nanofibers with high photoconductivity. Thin films were deposited with pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. An attempt has been made to develop thin films under different deposition parameters with following target compositions: i) 0.6BiFeO3-0.4(Bi0.5 K0.5)TiO3 (BFO-BKT) and ii) bi-layered 0.88Bi 0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.08Bi0.5K0.5TiO 3-0.04BaTiO3/BiFeO3 (BNT-BKT-BT/BFO). BFO-BKT thin film shows suppressed leakage current by about four orders of magnitude which in turn improve the ferroelectric and dielectric properties of the films. The optimum remnant polarization is 19 muC.cm-2 at the oxygen partial pressure of 300 mtorr. The BNT-BKT-BT/BFO bi-layered thin films exhibited ferroelectric behavior as: Pr = 22.0 muC.cm-2, Ec = 100 kV.cm-1 and epsilonr = 140. The leakage current of bi-layered thin films have been reduced two orders of magnitude compare to un-doped bismuth ferrite. Bismuth ferrite nanofibers were developed by electrospinning technique and its electronic properties such as photoconductivity and field effect transistor performance were investigated extensively. Nanofibers were deposited by electrospinning of sol-gel solution on SiO2/Si substrate at driving voltage of 10 kV followed by heat treatment at 550 °C for 2 hours. The composition analysis through energy dispersive detector and electron energy loss spectroscopy revealed the heterogeneous nature of the composition with Bi rich and Fe deficient regions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results confirmed the combination of Fe3+ and Fe2+ valence state in the fibers. The photoresponse result is almost hundred times higher for a fiber of 40 nm diameter compared to a fiber with 100 nm diameter. This effect is described by a size dependent surface recombination mechanism. A single and multiple BFO nanofibers field effect transistors devices were fabricated and characterized. Bismuth ferrite FET behaves

  10. Simple push coating of polymer thin-film transistors.

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    Ikawa, Mitsuhiro; Yamada, Toshikazu; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Minemawari, Hiromi; Tsutsumi, Jun'ya; Horii, Yoshinori; Chikamatsu, Masayuki; Azumi, Reiko; Kumai, Reiji; Hasegawa, Tatsuo

    2012-01-01

    Solution processibility is a unique advantage of organic semiconductors, permitting the low-cost production of flexible electronics under ambient conditions. However, the solution affinity to substrate surfaces remains a serious dilemma; liquid manipulation is more difficult on highly hydrophobic surfaces, but the use of such surfaces is indispensable for improving device characteristics. Here we demonstrate a simple technique, which we call 'push coating', to produce uniform large-area semiconducting polymer films over a hydrophobic surface with eliminating material loss. We utilize a poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based trilayer stamp whose conformal contact with the substrate enables capillarity-induced wetting of the surface. Films are formed through solvent sorption and retention in the stamp, allowing the stamp to be peeled perfectly from the film. The planar film formation on hydrophobic surfaces also enables subsequent fine film patterning. The technique improves the crystallinity and field-effect mobility of stamped semiconductor films, constituting a major step towards flexible electronics production. PMID:23132026