Nonhalogenated Solvent Processable and Printable High-Performance Polymer Semiconductor Enabled by Isomeric Nonconjugated Flexible Linkers

Ging Ji Nathan Wang, Francisco Molina-Lopez, Hongyi Zhang, Jie Xu, Hung Chin Wu, Jeffrey Lopez, Leo Shaw, Jaewan Mun, Qiuhong Zhang, Sihong Wang, Anatol Ehrlich, Zhenan Bao*

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Abstract

One major advantage of organic electronics is their superior processability relative to traditional silicon-based materials. However, most high-performing polymer semiconductors exhibit poor solubility and require toxic chlorinated solvents coupled with inefficient coating methods such as spin-coating for device fabrication. Therefore, developing polymer semiconductors that are processable in environmentally benign solvents and compatible with effective printing techniques while maintaining good charge transport properties is crucial for the industrialization of low-cost and lightweight plastic electronics. In this study, alkyl flexible linkers with branched tertiary carbon atoms are inserted to a high-mobility diketopyrrolopyrrole-based polymer backbone to suppress polymer aggregation in solution, decrease crystallinity, and increase free volume. The polymer readily dissolves in industrial solvents and shows a 70-fold increase in solubility compared to its fully conjugated counterpart. Furthermore, due to its high solubility, the polymer can be inkjet-printed and solution-sheared at high concentrations using eco-friendly solvents such as p-xylene and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran with a maximum hole mobility of 2.76 cm2 V-1 s-1 and on-off ratio above 105 in organic field-effect transistors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4976-4985
Number of pages10
JournalMacromolecules
Volume51
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 10 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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