Title

The impact of carbon sp(2) fraction of reduced graphene oxide on the performance of reduced graphene oxide contacted organic transistors

Authors

Authors

N. Kang;S. I. Khondaker

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Appl. Phys. Lett.

Keywords

FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTORS; THIN-FILM TRANSISTORS; ENERGY-LEVEL ALIGNMENT; WORK-FUNCTION; ELECTRODES; FUNCTIONALIZATION; INTERFACES; EVOLUTION; METAL; Physics, Applied

Abstract

One of the major bottlenecks in fabricating high performance organic field effect transistors (OFETs) is a large interfacial contact barrier between metal electrodes and organic semiconductors (OSCs) which makes the charge injection inefficient. Recently, reduced graphene oxide (RGO) has been suggested as an alternative electrode material for OFETs. RGO has tunable electronic properties and its conductivity can be varied by several orders of magnitude by varying the carbon sp(2) fraction. However, whether the sp(2) fraction of RGO in the electrode affects the performance of the fabricated OFETs is yet to be investigated. In this study, we demonstrate that the performance of OFETs with pentacene as OSC and RGO as electrode can be continuously improved by increasing the carbon sp(2) fraction of RGO. When compared to control palladium electrodes, the mobility of the OFETs shows an improvement of similar to 200% for 61% sp(2) fraction RGO, which further improves to similar to 500% for 80% RGO electrode. Similar improvements were also observed in current on-off ratio, on-current, and transconductance. Our study suggests that, in addition to p-p interaction at RGO/pentacene interface, the tunable electronic properties of RGO electrode have a significant role in OFETs performance. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

Journal Title

Applied Physics Letters

Volume

105

Issue/Number

22

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

4

WOS Identifier

WOS:000346265200079

ISSN

0003-6951

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