High performance organic transistors on cheap, commercial substrates

Leszek Majewski, Raoul Schroeder, Monika Voigt, Martin Grell

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    We present here our latest results on high quality gate insulators for organic electronics. Ultra-thin films of n-octadecyltrichlorosilane-treated, anodized aluminium (Al) grown onto flexible, Al-sputtered polyester substrates combine low cost and manufacture under ambient conditions with excellent performance characteristics (negligible leakage and hysteresis, 400 nF cm−2 capacitance). With pentacene as organic semiconductor, we present organic transistors with inverse subthreshold slope of approximately 200mVdec−1, threshold of the order of −2V and >10+5 on/off ratio. The subthreshold behaviour is significantly better than for transistors with pentacene deposited onto a gate insulator optimized for high mobility. Above the threshold, the higher capacitance compensates for the somewhat lower mobility. Crucially, the cheap, sputtered Al-on-polyester films resulted in transistors that were as good as transistors fabricated on the same substrate with evaporated Al.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3367-3372
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2004


    • Organic field-effect transistor (OFET)
    • Low voltage
    • Cheap substrate


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