Effects of annealing time on the performance of OTFT on glass with ZrO 2 as gate dielectric

Wing Man Tang, M. G. Helander, M. T. Greiner, Z. H. Lu, W. T. Ng

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Copper phthalocyanine-based organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) with zirconium oxide (ZrO 2) as gate dielectric have been fabricated on glass substrates. The gate dielectric is annealed in N 2 at different durations (5, 15, 40, and 60min) to investigate the effects of annealing time on the electrical properties of the OTFTs. Experimental results show that the longer the annealing time for the OTFT, the better the performance. Among the devices studied, OTFTs with gate dielectric annealed at 350°C in N 2 for 60min exhibit the best device performance. They have a small threshold voltage of -0.58V, a low subthreshold slope of 0.8V/decade, and a low off-state current of 0.73nA. These characteristics demonstrate that the fabricated device is suitable for low-voltage and low-power operations. When compared with the TFT samples annealed for 5min, the ones annealed for 60min have 20% higher mobility and nearly two times smaller the subthreshold slope and off-state current. The extended annealing can effectively reduce the defects in the high-k film and produces a better insulator/organic interface. This results in lower amount of carrier scattering and larger CuPc grains for carrier transport. M. Tang et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article number901076
JournalActive and Passive Electronic Components
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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