Molecular Design of Semiconducting Polymers for High-Performance Organic Electrochemical Transistors

Christian B. Nielsen*, Alexander Giovannitti, Dan Tiberiu Sbircea, Enrico Bandiello, Muhammad R. Niazi, David A. Hanifi, Michele Sessolo, Aram Amassian, George G. Malliaras, Jonathan Rivnay, Iain McCulloch

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Abstract

The organic electrochemical transistor (OECT), capable of transducing small ionic fluxes into electronic signals in an aqueous environment, is an ideal device to utilize in bioelectronic applications. Currently, most OECTs are fabricated with commercially available conducting poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT)-based suspensions and are therefore operated in depletion mode. Here, we present a series of semiconducting polymers designed to elucidate important structure-property guidelines required for accumulation mode OECT operation. We discuss key aspects relating to OECT performance such as ion and hole transport, electrochromic properties, operational voltage, and stability. The demonstration of our molecular design strategy is the fabrication of accumulation mode OECTs that clearly outperform state-of-the-art PEDOT-based devices, and show stability under aqueous operation without the need for formulation additives and cross-linkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10252-10259
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume138
Issue number32
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 17 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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    Nielsen, C. B., Giovannitti, A., Sbircea, D. T., Bandiello, E., Niazi, M. R., Hanifi, D. A., Sessolo, M., Amassian, A., Malliaras, G. G., Rivnay, J., & McCulloch, I. (2016). Molecular Design of Semiconducting Polymers for High-Performance Organic Electrochemical Transistors. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138(32), 10252-10259. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.6b05280