Liquid-crystalline semiconducting copolymers with intramolecular donor-acceptor building blocks for high-stability polymer transistors

Do Hwan Kim, Bang Lin Lee, Hyunsik Moon, Hee Min Kang, Eun Jeong Jeong, Jeong Il Park, Kuk Min Han, Sangyoon Lee, Byung Wook Yoo, Bon Won Koo, Joo Young Kim, Wi Hyoung Lee, Kilwon Cho, Hector Alejandro Becerril, Zhenan Bao

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The ability to control the molecular organization of electronically active liquid-crystalline polymer semiconductors on surfaces provides opportunities to develop easy-to-process yet highly ordered supramolecular systems and, in particular, to optimize their electrical and environmental reliability in applications in the field of large-area printed electronics and photovoltaics. Understanding the relationship between liquid-crystalline nanostructure and electrical stability on appropriate molecular surfaces is the key to enhancing the performance of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) to a degree comparable to that of amorphous silicon (a-Si). Here, we report a novel donor-acceptor type liquid-crystalline semiconducting copolymer, poly(didodecylquaterthiophene-a/f-didodecylbithiazole), which contains both electron-donating quaterthiophene and electron-accepting 5,5′-bithiazole units. This copolymer exhibits excellent electrical characteristics such as field-effect mobilities as high as 0.33 cm 2/V·s and good bias-stress stability comparable to that of amorphous silicon (a-Si). Liquid-crystalline thin films with structural anisotropy form spontaneously through self-organization of individual polymer chains as a result of intermolecular interactions in the liquid-crystalline mesophase. These thin films adopt preferential well-ordered intermolecular π π stacking parallel to the substrate surface. This bottom-up assembly of the liquid-crystalline semiconducting copolymer enables facile fabrication of highly ordered channel layers with remarkable electrical stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6124-6132
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May 6
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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