Plateforme C3 Fab - Élaboration et caractérisation de Composants, Cellules PV et Capteurs

Zone of characterisation

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Zone de caractérisation

Zone de caractérisation


Caracterisation zone of the glove boxes system devoted to electronic devices other than photovoltaic cells
Probe station for the measurement of the transfer characteristics of organic transistors Sample ready on the plate of the probe station for the measurement of the transfer characteristics of organic transistors

Contact: Sadiara FALL


This equipment has been funded by ICube and IPCMS ("Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg").


Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs)

The measurement of output and transfert caracteristics of organic field effect transistors is carried out under inert atmosphere. Several configurations are available (Fig. 1):

  • bottom contact/top gate (a)
  • bottom contact/bottom gate (b)
  • top contact/bottom gate (c)

Different configurations of the OFETs
Fig. 1: Different configurations available for the OFETs

The dimensions of the channel of the transistor are variable and depend on the chosen configuration. The channel is made either of a single compound (electron donor or acceptor) of the active layer of a photovoltaic cell (Fig. 2), or of a blend of electron donor and acceptor. Transfer characteristics are measured with a Keithley 4200 SCS system (Fig. 3). They allow the estimation of the mobility of charge carriers by using the usual OFET's formalism.

Channel of an OFET viewed with an optical microscope
Output characteristics of an OFET
Fig. 2: Channel of an OFET in configuration bottom contact/bottom gate viewed with an optical microscope. This channel is made of a small semiconducting molecule Fig. 3: Output characteristics of an OFET: Ids is the drain-source current, Vds the drain-source voltage and Vg the gate voltage


OFETs have various applications, and chemical sensors are one of them.



Space Charge Limited Current (SCLC) devices

The measurement of I(V) characteristics of a diode with a single type of carriers allows the estimation of the mobility of charge carriers if the current is limited by the space charge. Thus, a SCLC device is a semiconducting layer sandwiched between two electrodes whose extracting work is chosen to inject only electrons or only holes. The choice of these electrodes depends on the boundary energy levels of the organic semiconductor under study (Fig. 4). Devices of several thicknesses are necessary to ensure that the current is effectively limited by the space charge and not by carrier injection (same dependence: I proportional to V2 in in both cases). I(V) measurements (Fig. 5) are done under controlled atmosphere and the thickness of the active layer is ascertained by profilometry.

SCLC devices for the measurement of hole mobility
I(V) curves measured for SCLC devices
Fig. 4: SCLC devices for the measurement of hole mobility. HOMO (Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital) and LUMO (Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital) are the boundary orbitals of the small molecule or of the semiconducting polymer Fig. 5: I(V) curves measured for SCLC devices whose active layer (two different thicknesses) is made of a small semiconducting molecule. The ohmic regime (I proportional to V) is observed at low voltage and the SCLC regime (I proportional to V2) at voltages higher than 0.1 V