Relation between Spherulitic Growth, Molecular Organization, and Charge Carrier Transport in Meniscus-Guided Coated Organic Semiconducting Films

Ke Zhang, Michal Borkowski, Philipp Wucher, Pierre Beaujuge, Jasper J. Michels, Paul. W. M. Blom, Tomasz Marszalek, Wojciech Pisula

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Abstract

Meniscus-guided coating (MGC) is an efficient and promising route to grow small molecule and polymer organic semiconductors (OSCs) into highly ordered and uniaxially orientated thin films for electronic applications. In this work, the impact of domain size and molecular order on the charge carrier transport in field-effect transistors for a molecular organic semiconductor 4-tolyl-bithiophenyl-diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP(Th2Bn)2) is investigated. The spherulitic domain growth of DPP(Th2Bn)2 in thin films is controlled in the evaporative regime of zone-casting by varying the substrate velocity. The decrease of coating velocity leads to a lower nucleation density and larger domain size of DPP(Th2Bn)2. At sufficiently low velocity, the spherulitic domains first elongate and then uniaxially grow in the coating direction. Although at the same time the molecular order decreases due to higher film thickness, the charge carrier transport improves for larger domain size and reduced density of boundaries in the transistor channel. These results provide insight on the relation between domain growth, molecular organization, and charge carrier transport in zone-cast OSC thin films that are important for the upscaling of the technique for practical applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2100397
JournalAdvanced Electronic Materials
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 23 2021

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