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Comparative study of the field-effect mobility of a copolymer and a binary blend based on poly(3-alkylthiophene)s

: Zen, A.; Saphiannikova, M.; Neher, D.; Asawapirom, U.; Scherf, U.


Chemistry of Materials 17 (2005), Nr.4, S.781-786
ISSN: 0897-4756
ISSN: 1520-5002
Fraunhofer IAP ()

The performance of highly soluble regioregular poly[(3-hexylthiophene)-co- (3-octylthiophene)] (P3HTOT) as a semiconducting material in organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) is presented in comparison to that of the corresponding homopolymers. Transistors made from as-prepared layers of P3HTOT exhibit a mobility of ca. 7 × 10-3 cm2 V- 1s-1, which is comparable to the performance of transistors made from as-prepared poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and almost 6 times larger than the mobility of transistors prepared with poly(3- octylthiophene) (P3OT). On the other hand, the solubility parameter p of P3HTOT is close to that of the highly soluble P3OT. Moreover, compared to a physical blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and poly(3-octylthiophene), the mobility of P3HTOT devices is almost twice as large and the performance does not degrade upon annealing at elevated temperatures. Therefore, the copolymer approach outlined here may be one promising step toward an optimum balance between a sufficient processability of the polymers from common organic solvents, a high solid state order, and applicable OFET performances.