Vertically segregated structure and properties of small molecule-polymer blend semiconductors for organic thin-film transistors

Nayool Shin, Jihoon Kang, Lee J. Richter, Vivek M. Prabhu, R. Joseph Kline, Daniel A. Fischer, Dean M. Delongchamp, Michael F. Toney, Sushil K. Satija, David J. Gundlach, Balaji Purushothaman, John E. Anthony, Do Y. Yoon

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Abstract

A comprehensive structure and performance study of thin blend films of the small-molecule semiconductor, 2,8-difluoro-5,11-bis(triethylsilylethynyl) anthradithiophene (diF-TESADT), with various insulating binder polymers in organic thin-film transistors is reported. The vertically segregated composition profile and nanostructure in the blend films are characterized by a combination of complementary experimental methods including grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, neutron reflectivity, variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry, and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Three polymer binders are considered: atactic poly(α-methylstyrene), atactic poly(methylmethacrylate), and syndiotactic polystyrene. The choice of polymer can strongly affect the vertical composition profile and the extent of crystalline order in blend films due to the competing effects of confinement entropy, interaction energy with substrate surfaces, and solidification kinetics. The variations in the vertically segregated composition profile and crystalline order in thin blend films explain the significant impacts of binder polymer choice on the charge carrier mobility of these films in the solution-processed bottom-gate/bottom-contact thin-film transistors. Vertical phase segregation in blend films of an organic small molecule semiconductor, diF-TESADT, and various binder polymers are investigated. Comprehensive structural analysis reveals that the choice of polymer can strongly affect the structure of blend films due to the competing effects of confinement entropy, interaction energy, and solidification kinetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-376
Number of pages11
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 21 2013

Keywords

  • blend semiconductors
  • charge transport
  • organic thin-film transistors
  • vertical phase segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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