Supramolecular control over the morphology of bio-inspired poly(3-hexylthiophene) for organic thin film transistors

Yen Ting Lin, Ranjodh Singh, Shiao Wei Kuo, Fu-Hsiang Ko*

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We have developed a strategy for modifying the channel layer of organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) through side-chain induced self-organization into a well-ordered film. To obtain selectively self-patterned layers, we treated an adenine-functionalized poly(3-hexylthiophene) (PAT) with adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Using this strategy, interchain charge transport resulting from π-conjugation was selected to control the polymer morphology, without the need of additional chemical synthetic processing. The side chain–induced self-organization can be understood in terms of supramolecular interactions. The π-electrons were delocalized among the thiophene rings, thereby improving the interchain charge transport ability; the resulting planar π-electron system in PAT:ATP resulted in closer intermolecular π–π distances, facilitating enhanced charge carrier mobility within a fibrillar structure. The PAT:ATP-based OTFT device exhibited moderate to improved electronic characteristics, with an average field mobility of 3.2 × 10−4 cm2 V−1 s−1 at −30 V and a threshold voltage (Vth) of 5 V, and an on/off current ratio of 106. This method has great potential for inducing selective intermolecular interactions in fully solution processed electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalOrganic Electronics
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • Interchain charge transport
  • OTFTs
  • Self-assembly
  • Side chain–induced self-organization


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