Directly patternable, highly conducting polymers for broad applications in organic electronics

Joung Eun Yoo, Kwang Seok Lee, Andres Garcia, Jacob Tarver, Enrique D. Gomez, Kimberly Baldwin, Yangming Sun, Hong Meng, Thuc Quyen Nguyen, Yueh Lin Loo

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Postdeposition solvent annealing of water-dispersible conducting polymers induces dramatic structural rearrangement and improves electrical conductivities by more than two orders of magnitude. We attain electrical conductivities inexcess of50 S/cmwhenpolyaniline films are exposed to dichloroacetic acid. Subjecting commercially available poly(ethylene dioxythiophene) to the same treatment yields a conductivity as high as 250 S/cm. This process has enabled the wide incorporation of conducting polymers in organic electronics; conducting polymers that are not typically processable cannow be deposited from solution and their conductivities subsequently enhancedtopractical levels viaa simpleandstraightforward solvent annealing process. The treated conducting polymers are thus promising alternatives for metals as source and drain electrodes in organic thin-film transistors as well as for transparent metal oxide conductors as anodesin organic solar cells and light-emitting diodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5712-5717
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number13
StatePublished - Mar 30 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


  • Electrical conductivity
  • Light-emitting diodes
  • Polyaniline
  • Solar cells
  • Thin-film transistors


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