N-channel operation of pentacene thin-film transistors with ultrathin polymer gate buffer layer

Kei Noda, Shinji Tanida, Hiroshi Kawabata, Kazumi Matsushige

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Abstract

N-channel operation of pentacene thin-film transistors with ultrathin poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) gate buffer layer and gold source-drain electrode was observed. We prepared pentacene thin-film transistors with an 8-nm thick PMMA buffer layer on SiO2 gate insulators and obtained electron and hole field-effect mobilities of 5.3 × 10-2 cm2/(V s) and 0.21 cm2/(V s), respectively, in a vacuum of 0.1 Pa. In spite of using gold electrodes with a high work function, the electron mobility was considerably improved in comparison with previous studies, because the ultrathin PMMA film could decrease electron traps on SiO2 surfaces, and enhance the electron accumulation by applied gate voltages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-87
Number of pages5
JournalSynthetic Metals
Volume160
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ambipolar transport
  • Electron trap
  • Gate buffer layer
  • Organic thin-film transistor
  • Pentacene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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