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Molecular Orientation and Field-effect Transistors of a Rigid Rod Conjugated Polymer Thin Films

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posted on 2009-04-02, 00:00 authored by Huanli Dong, Hongxiang Li, Erjing Wang, Shouke Yan, Jianming Zhang, Chunming Yang, Isao Takahashi, Hiroshi Nakashima, Keiichi Torimitsu, Wenping Hu
Molecular orientation in thin films of a rigid rod conjugated polymer, a derivative of poly(para-phenylene ethynylene)s with linear side chains and thioacetyl end groups, was investigated by reflection−absorption infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction technique. The results indicated that TA-PPE molecules tended to align with their backbone planes perpendicular to substrates, that is, with an “edge-on” molecular orientation in the films. Such molecular orientation is favorable for the efficient carrier transport in two-dimensional direction in the polymer films (i.e., via both the intrachain and interchain), so that high performance organic field-effect transistors were fabricated with hole mobility at around ∼4.3 × 10−3 cm2/Vs.

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