Interdigitated Ambipolar Active Layer for Organic Phototransistor with Balanced Charge Transport

Uijin Jeong+, Gergely Tarsoly+, Junghyun Lee, Youngmoo Eun, Junghwan Do and Seungmoon Pyo

+Equal contribution

Advanced Electronic Materials 2019 5 4 1800652. DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201800652


The formation and characterization of interdigitated ambipolar active layers prepared by a hybrid (solution processing and thermal vacuum evaporation) method for a polymer-gated organic phototransistor with highly balanced ambipolar charge transport is reported. The interdigitated active layer is comprised of a solution-processed single-crystalline microcrystal array of p-type 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS-pentacene) and a thin film of n-type N,N′-ditridecylperylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI-C13). The TIPS-pentacene single-crystalline microcrystal, which is confirmed using X-ray diffractometry and polarized optical microscopy, is embedded in the PTCDI-C13 film deposited using a thermal vacuum evaporation method. The devices with the interdigitated active layer exhibit selective charge transport characteristics varying from unipolar to ambipolar depending on the thickness of the PTCDI-C13 film. The fabricated ambipolar organic transistor shows high photoresponsivity at low light intensities and good dynamic photoresponse. These results demonstrate the potential use of such devices in ambipolar optoelectronic applications.