High-performance air-stable n-channel organic thin film transistors based on halogenated perylene bisimide semiconductors

Rüdiger Schmidt, Joon Hak Oh, Ya Sen Sun, Manuela Deppisch, Ana Maria Krause, Krzysztof Radacki, Holger Braunschweig, Martin Könemann, Peter Erk, Zhenan Bao, Frank Würthner

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The syntheses and comprehensive characterization of 14 organic semiconductors based on perylene bisimide (PBI) dyes that are equipped with up to four halogen substituents in the bay area of the perylene core and five different highly fluorinated imide substituents are described. The influence of the substituents on the LUMO level and the solid state packing of PBIs was examined by cyclic voltammetry and single crystal structure analyses of seven PBI derivatives, respectively. Top-contact/bottom-gate organic thin film transistor (OTFT) devices were constructed by vacuum deposition of these PBIs on SiO2 gate dielectrics that had been pretreated with n-octadecyl triethoxysilane in vapor phase (OTS-V) or solution phase (OTS-S). The electrical characterization of all devices was accomplished in a nitrogen atmosphere as well as in air, and the structural features of thin films were explored by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Several of those PBIs that bear only hydrogen or up to two fluorine substitutents at the concomitantly flat PBI core afforded excellent n-channel transistors, in particular, on OTS-S substrate and even in air (μ > 0.5 cm2 V-1 s-1; /on/off> 106). The best OTFTs were obtained for 2,2,3,3,4,4,4- heptafluorobutyl-substituted PBI 1a ("PTCDI-C4F7") on OTS-S with n-channel field effect mobilities consistently >1 cm2 V -1 s-1 and on-to-off current rations of 106 in a nitrogen atmosphere and in air. For distorted core-tetrahalogenated (fluorine, chlorine, or bromine) PBIs, less advantageous solid state packing properties were found and high performance OTFTs were obtained from only one tetrachlorinated derivative (2d on OTS-S). The excellent on-to-off current modulation combined with high mobility in air makes these PBIs suitable for a wide range of practical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6215-6228
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number17
StatePublished - 6 May 2009


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