Gate-Tunable Synaptic Dynamics of Ferroelectric-Coupled Carbon-Nanotube Transistors

Yongsuk Choi, Jeong Hoon Kim, Chuan Qian, Joohoon Kang, Mark C. Hersam, Jin Hong Park*, Jeong Ho Cho

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Artificial neural networks (ANNs) based on synaptic devices, which can simultaneously perform processing and storage of data, have superior computing performance compared to conventional von Neumann architectures. Here, we present a ferroelectric coupled artificial synaptic device with reliable weight update and storage properties for ANNs. The artificial synaptic device, which is based on a ferroelectric polymer capacitively coupled with an oxide dielectric via an electric-field-permeable, semiconducting single-walled carbon-nanotube channel, is successfully fabricated by inkjet printing. By controlling the ferroelectric polarization, synaptic dynamics, such as excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptic currents and long-term potentiation/depression characteristics, is successfully implemented in the artificial synaptic device. Furthermore, the constructed ANN, which is designed in consideration of the device-to-device variation within the synaptic array, efficiently executes the tasks of learning and recognition of the Modified National Institute of Standards and Technology numerical patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4707-4714
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 29 2020


  • artificial neural network
  • carbon nanotube
  • synapse array
  • synaptic device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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