Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Coaxial Microfibers Based on Self-Organization of Organic Semiconductor:Polymer Blend for Weavable, Fibriform Organic Field-Effect Transistors

Hae Min Kim, Hyun Wook Kang, Do Kyung Hwang, Ho Sun Lim, Byeong Kwon Ju, Jung Ah Lim

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With the increasing importance of electronic textiles as an ideal platform for wearable electronic devices, requirements for the development of functional electronic fibers with multilayered structures are increasing. In this paper, metal-polymer insulator-organic semiconductor (MIS) coaxial microfibers using the self-organization of organic semiconductor:insulating polymer blends for weavable, fibriform organic field-effect transistors (FETs) are demonstrated. A holistic process for MIS coaxial microfiber fabrication, including surface modification of gold microfiber thin-film coating on the microfiber using a die-coating system, and the self-organization of organic semiconductor-insulator polymer blend is presented. Vertical phase-separation of the organic semiconductor:insulating polymer blend film wrapping the metal microfibers provides a coaxial bilayer structure of gate dielectric (inside) and organic semiconductor (outside) with intimate interfacial contact. It is determined that the fibriform FETs based on MIS coaxial microfiber exhibit good charge carrier mobilities that approach the values of typical devices with planar substrate. It additionally exhibits electrical property uniformity over the entire fiber surface and improved bending durability. Fibriform organic FET embedded in a textile is demonstrated by weaving MIS coaxial microfibers with cotton and conducting threads, which verifies the feasibility of MIS coaxial microfiber for use in electronic textile applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2706-2714
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Future Resource Research Program (2E25430) of the Institutional Research Program of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


  • electronic fibers
  • fluid coating on fiber
  • organic field-effect transistor
  • phase-separation
  • polymer blend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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