Fluorene-based conjugated copolymers containing hexyl-thiophene derivatives for organic thin film transistors

Hoyoul Kong, Sung Chung Dae, In Nam Kang, Eunhee Lim, Kwan Jung Young, Jong Hwa Park, Eon Park Chan, Hong Ku Shim

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Two fluorene-based conjugated copolymers containing hexyl-thiophene derivatives, PF-1T and PF-4T, were synthesized via the palladium-catalyzed Suzuki coupling reaction. The number-average molecular weights (Mn) of PF-1T and PF-4T were found to be 19,100 and 13,200, respectively. These polymers were soluble in common organic solvents such as chloroform, chlorobenzene, toluene, etc. The UV-vis absorption maximum peaks of PF-1T and PF-4T in the film state were found to be 410 nm and 431 nm, respectively. Electrochemical characterization revealed that these polymers have low highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) levels, indicating good resistance against oxidative doping. Thin film transistor devices were fabricated using the top contact geometry. PF-1T showed much better thin-film transistor performance than PF-4T. A thin film of PF-1T gave a saturation mobility of 0.001-0.003 cm 2 V-1 s-1, an on/off ratio of 1.0 x 10 5, and a small threshold voltage of -8.3 V. To support TFT performance, we carried out DSC, AFM, and XRD measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1945-1950
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Korean Chemical Society
Issue number11
StatePublished - 20 Nov 2007


  • Fluorene
  • Organic thin-film transistor (OTFT)
  • Thiophene


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