Synthesis, characterization, and transistor response of semiconducting silole polymers with substantial hole mobility and air stability. Experiment and theory

Gang Lu, Hakan Usta, Chad Risko, Lian Wang, Antonio Facchetti, Mark A Ratner, Tobin J Marks

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Realizing p-channel semiconducting polymers with good hole mobility, solution processibility, and air stability is an important step forward in the chemical manipulation of charge transport in polymeric solids and in the development of low-cost printed electronics. We report here the synthesis and full characterization of the dithienosilole- and dibenzosilole-based homopolymers, poly(4,4-di-n-hexyldithienosilole) (TS6) and poly(9,9-di-n- octyldibenzosilole) (BS8), and their mono- and bithiophene copolymers, poly(4,4-di-n-hexyldithienosilole-alt-(bi)thiophene) (TS6T1, TS6T2) and poly(9,9-di-n-octyldibenzosilole-alt-(bi)thiophene) (BS8T1,BS8T2), and examine in detail the consequences of introducing dithienosilole and dibenzosilole cores into a thiophene polymer backbone. We demonstrate air-stable thin-film transistors (TFTs) fabricated under ambient conditions having hole mobilities as large as 0.08 cm2/V·s, low turn-on voltages, and current on/off ratios > 106. Additionally, unencapsulated TFTs fabricated under ambient conditions are air-stable, an important advance over regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)-based devices. Density functional theory calculations provide detailed insight into the polymer physicochemical and charge transport characteristics. A direct correlation between the hole injection barrier and both TFT turn-on voltage and TFT polymer hole mobility is identified and discussed, in combination with thin-film morphological characteristics, to explain the observed OTFT performance trends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7670-7685
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume130
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 18 2008

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Synthesis, characterization, and transistor response of semiconducting silole polymers with substantial hole mobility and air stability. Experiment and theory. / Lu, Gang; Usta, Hakan; Risko, Chad; Wang, Lian; Facchetti, Antonio; Ratner, Mark A; Marks, Tobin J.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 130, No. 24, 18.06.2008, p. 7670-7685.

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