Contact Modulated Ionic Transfer Doping in All-Solid-State Organic Electrochemical Transistor for Ultra-High Sensitive Tactile Perception at Low Operating Voltage

Shuai Chen, Abhijith Surendran, Xihu Wu, Wei Lin Leong*

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Abstract

Ionic-electronic coupling across the entire volume of conjugated polymer films endows organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) with high transconductance (gm) and low operating voltage. However, OECTs utilize liquid electrolytes, which limit their long-term operation, reproducibility, and integration while solid electrolytes typically result in inefficient ion transport. Here, a solid polymer electrolyte is shown that can facilitate good electrochemical response in conjugated polymers and yield high OECT performance. This allows for the OECT-based pressure sensors, modulated through a pressure sensitive ionic doping process. The pressure sensor exhibits the highest sensitivity ever measured (≈10 000 kPa−1) and excellent stability. Flexible sensor arrays achieve static capture of spatial pressure distribution and enable monitoring of dynamic pressure stimuli. The findings here demonstrate that all-solid-state OECTs are good candidates for providing rich tactile information, enabling applications for soft robotics, health monitoring, and human-machine interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2006186
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume30
Issue number51
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2020

Keywords

  • conjugated polymer
  • flexible organic electronics
  • organic electrochemical transistor
  • solid electrolyte
  • ultrasensitive pressure sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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