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Inkjet Printing of Polymer Thin-Film Transistor Circuits

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 January 2011

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We present a process for manufacturing printable thin-film transistors (TFTs) that is based on solution processing and direct inkjet printing of polymer semiconductors, dielectrics, and conductors, as well as inorganic nanoparticle conductors. We show that the high device yield, uniformity, and resolution required for thin-film electronic applications can be achieved by using a substrate that contains a surface energy pattern to control the flow and spreading of inkjet droplets. This technique overcomes many of the limitations of current inkjet printing technology related to its limited droplet placement accuracy. We demonstrate the potential of this printing-based TFT manufacturing process with the fabrication of 50 dpi active-matrix, polymer dispersed liquid-crystal and Gyricon Smartpaper electronic paper displays.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2003

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