Rapid Meniscus-Assisted Solution Printing of Large-Area Stripe Arrays of Highly Oriented Conjugated Polymers for Field-Effect Transistors

Yongjie Dong, Hao Zheng, Zhiqun Lin, Juan Peng

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Abstract

The ability to pattern semiconducting conjugated polymers (CPs) and concurrently enable their highly oriented chains represents an important endeavor to render their high charge mobility for electronic devices. However, simple yet generalizable routes to CPs with such desirable characteristics are limited. Herein, we report a robust meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) strategy to craft arrays of donor-acceptor CP stripes and scrutinize the correlation between different stripes and their charge transport attributes. Specifically, the MASP constrains the CP solution to evaporate between two nearly parallel plates with a stationary upper plate and a mobile lower plate containing periodic photoresist (PR) microchannels. Orchestrating the MASP speed comparable to the CP crystal growth rate yields CP stripe arrays with highly aligned CP crystals, resulting in the highest carrier mobility. Notably, our MASP technique can conveniently pattern other CPs of interest. It stands out as a simple strategy to impart large-scale production of functional materials for a wide range of applications in optics, electronics, sensors, etc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-218
Number of pages7
JournalACS Macro Letters
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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