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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 35, Number 5
BKCSDE 35(5)
May 20, 2014 

Low Spin-Casting Solution Temperatures Enhance the Molecular Ordering in Polythiophene Films
Wi Hyoung Lee, Hwa Sung Lee*, Yeong Don Park*
Molecular ordering, Polythiophene, Organic field-effect transistors, Solubility, P3HT
High-crystallinity poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) thin films were prepared by aging the precursor solutions, prepared using a good solvent, chloroform, at low temperatures prior to spin-casting. Lower solution temperatures significantly improved the molecular ordering in the spin-cast P3HT films and, therefore, the electrical properties of field-effect transistors prepared using these films. Solution cooling enhanced the electrical properties by shifting the P3HT configuration equilibrium away from random coils and toward more ordered aggregates. At room temperature, the P3HT molecules were completely solvated in chloroform and adopted a random coil conformation. Upon cooling, however, the chloroform poorly solvated the P3HT molecules, favoring the formation of ordered P3HT aggregates, which then yielded more highly crystalline molecular ordering in the P3HT thin films produced from the solution.
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