Synthesis and Thin-Film Transistor Performance of Fluorene-based Copolymers Containing Thiophene Moieties Having Different Position of Alkyl Side Chain

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We have synthesized fluorene-based copolymers (PF-HT-TT-TH and PF-TH-TT-HT) containing thiophene moieties having different position of alkyl side chain via the palladium-catalyzed Suzuki coupling reaction. The number-average molecular weight (Mn)s of PF-HT-TT-TH and PF-TH-TT-HT were respectively found to be 11,800 and 22,300. These polymers dissolve in common organic solvents such as chloroform, chlorobenzene and toluene, etc. The PL emission peak of a film of PF-TH-TT-HT is clearly red-shifted with respect to PF-HT-TT-TH, due to the repulsion of alkyl side chains in the between fluorene and thiophene moieties. Through studies of X-ray diffraction (XRD), we could access molecular alignment. The thermal properties of these polymers were measured by TGA and DSC, and electrical properties were studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV). They exhibited different field-effect transistor (FET) properties depending on their positions of alkyl side chains. The PF-TH-TT-HT having little repulsion showed better field-effect transistor performance than that of PF-HT-TT-TH. Figure 1 shows that a solution-processed PF-TH-TT-HT FET device with a top contact geometry was found to exhibit a hole mobility of 1.05X10-4 cm2/Vs and a low threshold voltage of -4 V. In this presentation, we will discuss the relationship between properties and structures and the new application to organic thin-film transistors.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Technical Proceedings of the 2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1
Published: May 20, 2007
Pages: 169 - 172
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topicss: Nanoelectronics, Photonic Materials & Devices
ISBN: 1-4200-6182-8