Here, we study the temperature-dependent transport properties of OFETs with the prototypical OSC 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS-pentacene) co-processed with polystyrene (PS) as the active layer. The active layer is deposited directly on SiO2 using the bar-assisted meniscus shearing (BAMS) method. The co-processing with PS favors a consequential decrease in interfacial trap densities as previously reported. Furthermore, we demonstrate how this processing method leads to devices exhibiting activation energies well below the current state of the art for TIPS-pentacene on SiO2 or other dielectrics. Altogether, our study reports on TIPS-pentacene thin films exhibiting an activation energy (Ea) as low as 15 meV when the active material is blended with PS and processed via BAMS. Such an unprecedentedly low value originates not only from a decrease in the interfacial trap densities but also from trapping energies much shallower than previously reported elsewhere for the same material. This allows us to clarify the previously reported notion that significant passivation of interfacial traps occurs following the separation of PS from TIPS-pentacene into an individual layer at the interface with the insulator and to confirm that the enhanced transport originates from a synergistic effect wherein both trapping density and depth are reduced.
Low activation energy field-effect transistors fabricated by bar-assisted meniscus shearing
Michael Berteau-Rainville, Adrián Tamayo, Tim Leydecker, Atiye Pezeshki, Ingo Salzmann, Marta Mas-Torrent, Emanuele Orgiu; Low activation energy field-effect transistors fabricated by bar-assisted meniscus shearing. Appl. Phys. Lett. 6 September 2021; 119 (10): 103301. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0059735
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