Mobility enhancement in conjugated polymer field-effect transistors through chain alignment in a liquid-crystalline phase

H. Sirringhaus, R. J. Wilson, R. H. Friend, M. Inbasekaran, W. Wu, E. P. Woo, M. Grell, D. D.C. Bradley

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Abstract

A method is demonstrated by which liquid-crystalline self-organization in rigid-rod nematic conjugated polymers can be used to control the microstructure of the active semiconducting layer in solution-processed polymer thin-film transistors (TFTs). Enhanced charge carrier mobilities of 0.01-0.02cm2/Vs and good operating stability have been achieved in polyfluorene copolymer TFTs by preparing the polymer in a nematic glassy state and by aligning the polymer chains parallel to the transport direction with the help of an alignment layer. Mobility anisotropies of 5-8 for current flow parallel and perpendicular to the alignment direction have been observed that are of the same order of magnitude as optical dichroic ratios. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume77
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 17 2000
Externally publishedYes

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