Electrical current modulation in wood electrochemical transistor

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023 May 2;120(18):e2218380120. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2218380120. Epub 2023 Apr 24.


The nature of mass transport in plants has recently inspired the development of low-cost and sustainable wood-based electronics. Herein, we report a wood electrochemical transistor (WECT) where all three electrodes are fully made of conductive wood (CW). The CW is prepared using a two-step strategy of wood delignification followed by wood amalgamation with a mixed electron-ion conducting polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS). The modified wood has an electrical conductivity of up to 69 Sm-1 induced by the formation of PEDOT:PSS microstructures inside the wood 3D scaffold. CW is then used to fabricate the WECT, which is capable of modulating an electrical current in a porous and thick transistor channel (1 mm) with an on/off ratio of 50. The device shows a good response to gate voltage modulation and exhibits dynamic switching properties similar to those of an organic electrochemical transistor. This wood-based device and the proposed working principle demonstrate the possibility to incorporate active electronic functionality into the wood, suggesting different types of bio-based electronic devices.

Keywords: PEDOT:PSS; conductivity; electrochemistry; transistor; wood.