There is an increasing demand for low-cost and high-performance electronics which has stimulated a need for new high-performance dielectric materials. We have developed a facile synthesis of poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl trimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)azanide-ran-methyl methacrylate) (P(METATFSI-MMA)), a polymeric ionic liquid that can be used as a high-performance dielectric for semiconducting single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNTs) thin film transistors (TFTs). The P(METATFSI-MMA) polymer was synthesized at both 35 and 62 mol% of 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl trimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)azanide and produced p- and n-type devices that functioned under ambient conditions. These TFTs were then used to study the impact of electrochemical doping on the performance of SWCNT TFTs when switching from n-type, where an electrical double layer is formed, to p-type, where the TFSI- anions are free to interact with the SWCNTs. The TFTs operating in p-type had higher current on/off ratios and a larger transconductance than those operating in n-type, which is characteristic of electrochemically doped transistors. Furthermore, we tested the impact of operating frequency on device performance and discovered that decreasing the operating frequency of the TFTs resulted in a decreased hysteresis. The decrease in hysteresis was also observed to be more significant for the 35 mol% polymer.
- poly(ionic liquid)
- polymer dielectric
- single walled carbon nanotubes
- thin film transistors