Fully-printed high-performance organic thin-film transistors and circuitry on one-micron-thick polymer films

Nat Commun. 2014 Jun 20;5:4147. doi: 10.1038/ncomms5147.


Thin, ultra-flexible devices that can be manufactured in a process that covers a large area will be essential to realizing low-cost, wearable electronic applications including foldable displays and medical sensors. The printing technology will be instrumental in fabricating these novel electronic devices and circuits; however, attaining fully printed devices on ultra-flexible films in large areas has typically been a challenge. Here we report on fully printed organic thin-film transistor devices and circuits fabricated on 1-μm-thick parylene-C films with high field-effect mobility (1.0 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) and fast operating speeds (about 1 ms) at low operating voltages. The devices were extremely light (2 g m(-2)) and exhibited excellent mechanical stability. The devices remained operational even under 50% compressive strain without significant changes in their performance. These results represent significant progress in the fabrication of fully printed organic thin-film transistor devices and circuits for use in unobtrusive electronic applications such as wearable sensors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't