Light-Emitting Electrochemical Transistors
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Since the discovery of conductive polymers in 1977, the implementation of organic conjugated materials in electronic applications has been of great interest in both industry and academia. The goal of organic electronics is to realize large-area, inexpensive and mechanically-flexible electronic applications.
Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), as the first commercial product made from organic conjugated polymers, have successfully demonstrated that organic electronics can make possible a new generation of modern electronics. However, OLEDs are highly sensitive to materials selection and requires a complicated fabrication process. As a result, OLEDs are expensive to fabricate and are not suitable for low-cost printing or roll-to-roll process.
This thesis studies an alternative to OLEDs: light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs). The active materials in an LEC consist of a conjugated light-emitting polymer (LEP) and an electrolyte. Taking advantage of electrochemical doping of the LEP, an LEC features an in-situ formed emissive organic p-n junction which is easy to fabricate. We aim to control the electrochemical doping profile by employing a “gate” terminal on top of a conventional LEC, forming a lightemitting electrochemical transistor (LECT). We developed three generations of LECTs, in which the position of the light-emitting profile can be modified by the voltage applied at the gate electrode, as well as the geometry of the gate materials. Thus, one can use this structure to achieve a centered light-emitting zone to maximize the power-conversion efficiency. Alternatively, LECTs can be used for information display in a highly integrated system, as it combines the simultaneous modulation of photons and electrons.
In addition, we use multiple LECs to construct reconfigurable circuits, based on the reversible electrochemical doping. We demonstrate an LEC-array where several different circuits can be created by forming diodes with different polarity at different locations. The thereby formed circuitry can be erased and turned into circuitry with other functionality. For example, the diodes of a digital AND gate can be re-programmed to form an analogue voltage limiter. These reprogrammable circuits are promising for fully-printed and large-area reconfigurable circuits with facile fabrication.
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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014. , 57 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1582
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104925DOI: 10.3384/diss.diva-104925ISBN: 978-91-7519-382-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104925DiVA: diva2:700134
2014-03-21, K2, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet, Norrköping, 10:15 (English)
Pei, Qibing, Professor
Berggren, Magnus, ProfessorEngquist, Isak, Dr.
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