High mobility n-channel organic field-effect transistors based on soluble C60 and C70 fullerene derivatives

Paul H. Wöbkenberg, Donal D.C. Bradley, David Kronholm, Jan C. Hummelen, Dago M. de Leeuw, Michael Cölle, Thomas D. Anthopoulos

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Abstract

We report on n-channel organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) based on the solution processable methanofullerenes [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid ester ([60]PCBM) and [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester ([70]PCBM). Despite the fact that both derivatives form glassy films when processed from solution, their electron mobilities are high and on the order of 0.21 cm2/V s and 0.1 cm2/V s, for [60]PCBM and [70]PCBM, respectively. Although the derived mobility of [60]PCBM is comparable to the best values reported in the literature, the electron mobility of [70]PCBM is the highest value reported to date for any C70 based molecule. We note that this is the only report in which C60 and C70 methanofullerenes exhibit comparable electron mobilities. The present findings could have significant implications in the area of large-area organic electronics and organic photovoltaics where C60 derivatives have so far been the most widely used electron acceptor materials. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSynthetic Metals
Volume158
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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