Structures and Properties of Poly(3-Alkylthiophene) Thin-Films Fabricated Though Vapor-Phase Polymerization

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Organic semiconducting polymer thin-films of 3-hexylthiophene, 3-octylthiophene, 3-decylthiophene, containing highly oriented crystal were fabricated by gas-phase polymerization using the CVD technique. These poly(3-alkylthiophene) films had a crystallinity up to 80%, and possessed a Hall mobility up to 10 cm2/Vs. The degree of crystalinity and the mobility values increased as the alkyl chain length increased. The crystal structure of the polymers was composed of stacked layers constructed by a side-by-side arrangement of alkyl chains and in-plane ππ stacking. These thin films are capable of being applied to organic electronics as the active materials used in thin-film transistors and organic photovoltaic cells.

Keywords: GAS-PHASE POLYMERIZATION; ORGANIC THIN FILM; POLY(3-ALKYLTHIOPHENE); SEMICONDUCTOR

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2012.4692

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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