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Conducting Polypyrrole-based Field Effect Transistors Fabricated by Spin Coating and Inkjet Printing

  • Fengliang Xue (a1), Yi Su (a1) and Kody Varahramyan (a1)

Spin coating and inkjet printing are two major deposition techniques for flexible polymer plastic electronics. This paper presents polymer field effect transistors (FET) fabricated by these two techniques using conducting poylmer polypyrole (PPy) as a semiconductor material. These thin film polymer field effect transistors operate in the depletion mode. The field effect mobilities are calculated to be 0.045 cm2 V−1s−1 and 0.036 cm2 V−1s−1, and transconductances are 0.104 νS and 0.096 νS at saturation region of the I-V curves for the spin coated and the inkjet printed transistors, respectively. The measured turn-off threshold voltage is around 20 V for both the spin coated and inkjet printed PPy FET transistors. The device performance of the spin coated transistors is slightly better than that of the inkjet printed transistors. This is mainly due to high surface roughness of the printed polymer film and printed dot boundaries, leading to low charge carrier mobility in the printed polymer FET transistors.

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