Organic Electrochemical Transistors Based on the Conjugated Polyelectrolyte PCPDTBT-SO3K (CPE-K)

Alexander T. Lill, David X. Cao, Max Schrock, Joachim Vollbrecht, Jianfei Huang, Tung Nguyen-Dang, Viktor V. Brus, Brett Yurash, Dirk Leifert, Guillermo C. Bazan, Thuc Quyen Nguyen

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PCPDTBT-SO3K (CPE-K), a conjugated polyelectrolyte, is presented as a mixed conductor material that can be used to fabricate high transconductance accumulation mode organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs). OECTs are utilized in a wide range of applications such as analyte detection, neural interfacing, impedance sensing, and neuromorphic computing. The use of interdigitated contacts to enable high transconductance in a relatively small device area in comparison to standard contacts is demonstrated. Such characteristics are highly desired in applications such as neural-activity sensing, where the device area must be minimized to reduce invasiveness. The physical and electrical properties of CPE-K are fully characterized to allow a direct comparison to other top performing OECT materials. CPE-K demonstrates an electrical performance that is among the best reported in the literature for OECT materials. In addition, CPE-K OECTs operate in the accumulation mode, which allows for much lower energy consumption in comparison to commonly used depletion mode devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1908120
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number33
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • accumulation mode
  • conjugated polyelectrolytes
  • organic electrochemical transistors
  • self doping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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