Synthesis of a non-ionic, water-soluble poly(thiophene) (PT) derivative, poly(3-(2-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)ethoxy)methylthiophene) (P3TEGT) with a hydrophilic tri-ethylene glycol side group, is reported and thin films of the polymer suitable for organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) are characterized by combining analysis techniques that include UV-Vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy. After thermal annealing, P3TEGT films exhibit a well-organized nanofibrillar lamellar nanostructure that originates from the strong π–π stacking of the thiophene backbones. P-type organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) with hole mobilities of 10−5 cm2 V−1 s−1 were fabricated from this water-soluble poly(thiophene) derivative, demonstrating the possibility that environmentally friendly solvents may be promising alternatives for the low-cost, green solvent processed organic electronic device manufacturing of OFETs, organic photovoltaics (OPVs), and biosensors.
You have access to this article
Please wait while we load your content...
Something went wrong. Try again?