Self-assembled monolayers made of 6-(5-((6-((5-hexylthiophen-2-yl)ethynyl)-9,10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracen-2-yl)ethynyl)thiophen-2-yl)hexyl 3-(triethoxysilyl)propylcarbamate for ultrathin film transistors.

Abstract

A new functionalized triethoxysilane bearing an X-shaped, anthracene-based semiconducting molecule on one arm was designed and synthesized as a precursor for the preparation of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a SiO(2) substrate. 3-Isocyanatopropyl triethoxysilane was reacted with a monohydroxyl-terminated X-shaped, anthracene-based semiconducting molecule in the presence of tin catalyst. The 6-(5-((6-((5-hexylthiophen-2-yl)ethynyl)-9,10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracen-2-yl)ethynyl)thiophen-2-yl)hexyl 3-(triethoxysilyl)propylcarbamate (BATHT-TEOS) was found to be stable and sufficiently reactive to form organic monolayers on hydroxylated SiO(2) surfaces. The structures and properties of these SAMs were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, laser scanning confocal microscopy-PL spectrometry, and spectroscopic ellipsometry. In this work, BATHT-SAM was employed as an interfacial layer on SiO(2) to fabricate ultrathin film transistors (UTFTs, active layer thickness ∼ 16.09 nm). The device UTFT-I, made of 0.06 wt % 5,5'-(9,10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracene-2,6-diyl)bis(ethyne-2,1-diyl)bis(2-hexylthiophene) (BATHT) solution on an n-octyltrichlorosilane-SAM/SiO(2) layer, showed no gate effect for the carrier transport behavior; however, the device UTFT-II, fabricated on BATHT-SAM/SiO(2), exhibited field effect mobilities of 0.04 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) (I(on/off) ∼ 6.3 × 10(3) to 1.0 × 10(4)). This can be attributed to the effect of BATHT-SAM inducing uniform coverage and ordering of BATHT molecules as an upper layer.

DOI: 10.1021/la3020942

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@article{Heo2012SelfassembledMM, title={Self-assembled monolayers made of 6-(5-((6-((5-hexylthiophen-2-yl)ethynyl)-9,10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracen-2-yl)ethynyl)thiophen-2-yl)hexyl 3-(triethoxysilyl)propylcarbamate for ultrathin film transistors.}, author={Dong Uk Heo and Joo Bin Lee and Yoon Deok Han and Jinsoo Joo and Hosuk Lee and Hosun Lee and Dong Hoon Choi}, journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids}, year={2012}, volume={28 29}, pages={10948-55} }