Temperature and composition-dependent density of states in organic small-molecule/polymer blend transistors

Simon Hunter, Alexander D. Mottram, Thomas D. Anthopoulos*

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The density of trap states (DOS) in organic p-type transistors based on the small-molecule 2,8-difluoro-5,11-bis(triethylsilylethynyl) anthradithiophene (diF-TES ADT), the polymer poly(triarylamine) and blends thereof are investigated. The DOS in these devices are measured as a function of semiconductor composition and operating temperature. We show that increasing operating temperature causes a broadening of the DOS below 250 K. Characteristic trap depths of ∼15 meV are measured at 100 K, increasing to between 20 and 50 meV at room-temperature, dependent on the semiconductor composition. Semiconductor films with high concentrations of diF-TES ADT exhibit both a greater density of trap states as well as broader DOS distributions when measured at room-temperature. These results shed light on the underlying charge transport mechanisms in organic blend semiconductors and the apparent freezing-out of hole conduction through the polymer and mixed polymer/small molecule phases at temperatures below 225 K.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025502
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 14 2016

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Funding Information:
We acknowledge financial support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (Grant No. EP/G037515/1) and Plastic Logic Ltd.

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