Functional high-k nanocomposite dielectrics for flexible transistors and inverters with excellent mechanical properties

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Author(s)

  • Ye Zhou
  • Su-Ting Han
  • Zong-Xiang Xu
  • Xiong-Bo Yang
  • Hoi-Pui Ng
  • Long-Biao Huang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14246-14253
Journal / PublicationJournal of Materials Chemistry
Volume22
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2012

Abstract

The development of high performance flexible electronics requires dielectrics possessing a high dielectric constant and enhanced mechanical stability. In this study, we report on novel polymer nanocomposite dielectrics based on n-octadecylphosphonic acid (ODPA) functionalized aluminum titanate (AT) nanoparticles as dopants in poly(4-vinylphenol) (PVP). The robust surface layer covering the nanoparticles induces improved dielectric properties of the resulting composite films due to better interfacial adhesion. The nanocomposite layer with tunable dielectric permittivity and low leakage current is highly compatible on flexible substrates and has been deposited via a simple solution process. The air-stable p-type and n-type transistors fabricated on the composite dielectric layer exhibited superior electrical performance than those on the pristine polymer dielectric layer. The complementary inverters made from these transistors possessed a large signal gain and sharp switching. We systematically studied the electrical performance of the capacitors, transistors and inverters under different applied strains on flexible substrates. From the flexibility test, all these devices were found to be mechanically stable and environmentally robust, demonstrating that the composite dielectric layer is an excellent candidate for the future development of conformable sensors, portable displays and other flexible electronic applications. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Citation Format(s)

Functional high-k nanocomposite dielectrics for flexible transistors and inverters with excellent mechanical properties. / Zhou, Ye; Han, Su-Ting; Xu, Zong-Xiang; Yang, Xiong-Bo; Ng, Hoi-Pui; Huang, Long-Biao; Roy, V. A L.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 22, No. 28, 28.07.2012, p. 14246-14253.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review