Inkjet Printed Circuits on Flexible and Rigid Substrates Based on Ambipolar Carbon Nanotubes with High Operational Stability

Bongjun Kim, Michael L. Geier, Mark C Hersam, Ananth Dodabalapur

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Inkjet printed ambipolar transistors and circuits with high operational stability are demonstrated on flexible and rigid substrates employing semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). All patterns, which include electrodes, semiconductors, and vias, are realized by inkjet printing without the use of rigid physical masks and photolithography. An Al2O3 layer deposited on devices by atomic layer deposition (ALD) transforms p-type SWCNT thin-film transistors (TFTs) into ambipolar SWCNT TFTs and encapsulates them effectively. The ambipolar SWCNT TFTs have balanced electron and hole mobilities, which facilitates their use in multicomponent circuits. For example, a variety of logic gates and ring oscillators are demonstrated based on the ambipolar TFTs. The three-stage ring oscillator operates continuously for longer than 80 h under ambient conditions with only slight deviations in oscillation frequency. The successful demonstration of ambipolar devices by inkjet printing will enable a new class of circuits that utilize n-channel, p-channel, and ambipolar circuit components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27654-27660
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - Dec 23 2015



  • air stable operation
  • ambipolar circuit
  • atomic layer deposition
  • carbon nanotube
  • flexible electronics
  • printed electronics
  • thin-film transistor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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