A new asymmetric anthracene derivative with high mobility

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  • ReceivedJul 29, 2018
  • AcceptedOct 30, 2018
  • PublishedJan 7, 2019


An asymmetric anthracene derivative (4-HDPA) was designed and synthesized. With the optimization of proper scenario of fabrication process, top-contact thin film devices based on 4-HDPA exhibit mobility as high as 3.59 cm2 V--1 s--1, while its single-crystal devices exhibit mobility as high as 5.12 cm2 V--1 s--1, which is higher than the symmetrical counterpart of 4-HDPA in both single-crystal and thin film devices.

Funded by

the Ministry of Science and Technology of China(Grant,No.,2017YFA0204503,2016YFB0401100,2015CB856502)

the National Natural Science Foundation of China(Grant,No.,51733004,91433115,51633006,51703160,21661132006,21473222)

the Strategic Priority Research Program(Grant,No.,XDB12000000)

and the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


This work was supported by the National Key R&D Program (2017YFA0204503, 2016YFB0401100), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51703159, 51633006, 51733004), and the Strategic Priority Research Program (XDB12030300) of the Chinese Academy of Science.

Interest statement

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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  • Figure 1

    (a) TGA curve of 4-HDPA with a heating rate of 10 °C min−1 under nitrogen; (b) UV-Vis spectra of 4-HDPA in CH2Cl2 (red) and thin film (blue); (c) photoluminescence (PL) spectra of 4-HDPA in CH2Cl2 (red) and thin film (blue); (d) cyclic voltammogram of 4-HDPA in CH2Cl2 solution (color online).

  • Scheme 1

    Synthetic route of 4-HDPA.

  • Figure 2

    AFM images of thin film at deposition rate of 0.15 Å s−1 (a),0.10 Å s−1 (b) and 0.05 Å s−1 (c); typical transfer (d) and output (e) curves of thin film transistor; (f) optical image of a typical 4-HDPA thin film-based transistor (color online).

  • Figure 3

    (a, b) Polarized optical micrographs of 4-HDPA single microcrystals; (c) SEM image of single microcrystal; typical transfer (d) and output (e) curves of single crystal transistor; (f) mobility distribution of 20 single crystal transistors (color online).

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