Organic thin-film-transistor Au/poly(3-hexylthiophene)/(bilayer dielectrics)/Si having carbon nanotubes chemically bonded to poly(3-hexylthiophene) in the active layer

Fang Chi Li, Shin Chi Tsai, Cheng Yang Yeh, Je Yuan Yeh, Ying Shiun Chou, Jeng Rong Ho, Raymond Chien Chao Tsiang

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Abstract

Using poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) covalently bonded with carbon nanotubes (CNT) as an active layer in a bottom-gate/top contact, Au/(P3HT)/(bilayer dielectric)/Si OTFT device has resulted in an enhanced charge transport. The CNTs were firstly functionalized via ligand exchange with ferrocene, next lithiated by sec-butyllithium (s-BuLi) and then linked anionically with P3HT which has been synthesized via the modified Grignard metathesis method. Compared to the pristine P3HT, the CNTs-containing P3HT composite material has a higher energy level of HOMO and a smaller electrochemical bandgap Echem g. The smaller bandgap enhances the charge carrier transport and the higher HOMO energy level indicates a reduced barrier and an increased injection rate for charge carriers at the source contact. Furthermore, the threshold voltage VT of CNTs-containing P3HT samples is lower and its saturation current ID and the the field-effect mobility are higher. An OTFT device fabricated with such a composite sample containing 1.16% CNTs has a carrier mobility and saturation current three to five times higher than pristine P3HT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5019-5027
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Composite
  • Organic Thin-Film Transistor
  • OTFT
  • P3HT

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