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Directionally Aligned Amorphous Polymer Chains via Electrohydrodynamic-Jet Printing: Analysis of Morphology and Polymer Field-Effect Transistor Characteristics

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posted on 23.10.2017, 00:00 by Yebyeol Kim, Jaehyun Bae, Hyun Woo Song, Tae Kyu An, Se Hyun Kim, Yun-Hi Kim, Chan Eon Park
Electrohydrodynamic-jet (EHD-jet) printing provides an opportunity to directly assembled amorphous polymer chains in the printed pattern. Herein, an EHD-jet printed amorphous polymer was employed as the active layer for fabrication of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). Under optimized conditions, the field-effect mobility (μFET) of the EHD-jet printed OFETs was 5 times higher than the highest μFET observed in the spin-coated OFETs, and this improvement was achieved without the use of complex surface templating or additional pre- or post-deposition processing. As the chain alignment can be affected by the surface energy of the dielectric layer in EHD-jet printed OFETs, dielectric layers with varying wettability were examined. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure measurements were performed to compare the amorphous chain alignment in OFET active layers prepared by EHD-jet printing and spin coating.