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Versatile Interpenetrating Polymer Network Approach to Robust Stretchable Electronic Devices

Versatile Interpenetrating Polymer Network Approach to Robust Stretchable Electronic Devices
Elsa Reichmanis, Ping-Hsun Chu, Bailey Risteen, Nils Persson, Michael F. Toney, Savannah Lee, Zhibo Yuan, Tim J. Dunn, Michael McBride, Guoyan Zhang, Yo-Han Kwon
The pursuit of intelligent optoelectronics could have profound implications on our future daily life. Simultaneous enhancement of the electrical performance, mechanical stretchability, and optical transparency of semiconducting polymers may significantly broaden the spectrum of realizable applications for these materials in future intelligent optoelectronics, i.e., wearable devices, electronic skin, stretchable displays, and a vast array of biomedical sensors. Here, semiconducting films with significantly improved mechanical elasticity and optical transparency, without affecting the film’s electronic conductivity even under 100% strain, were prepared by blending only a small amount (below 1 wt %) of either p-type or n-type commercial semiconductor polymers. We demonstrate that a self-organized versatile conjugated polymer film displaying an interpenetrating polymer network is formed in the semiconducting films and is crucial for the observed enhancement of elasticity, optical transparency, and charge-carrier mobility. On the basis of this versatile semiconducting film, we explored a new practical approach to directly integrate all the stretchable components for a large area transistor array through solution processing and a final single, mechanical peel-off step. We demonstrate robust transistor arrays exhibiting charge carrier mobilities above 1.0 cm2/V s with excellent durability, even under 100% strain. We believe our achievements will have great impact on stretchable optoelectronic devices for practical applications and represent promising directions for industry-scale production of stretchable displays and wearable electronic devices.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03019

DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03019

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