We investigated the electrical and optical properties of indium zinc oxide (IZO)/Ag/IZO oxide–metal–oxide (OMO) multilayer for a flexible and transparent electrode of the electronic applications. The optimized OMO multilayer structures with excellent sheet resistance of 5.65 Ω/sq as well as average transmittance of 87.7% in the visible range were employed as the source and drain (S/D) electrodes of thin film transistors (TFTs). In addition, the a-IGZO TFT with OMO S/D electrodes exhibited the enhanced electrical performance in comparison to the TFT with single IZO S/D electrodes, resulted from lowering work function by inserting Ag mid-layer between the oxide layers. Furthermore, the same TFTs were fabricated on a polyimide (PI) substrate to verify the potential of OMO electrode for flexible devices. The TFTs on PI substrate were found to be significantly resistant to dynamic bending with only 5.37% reduction in field effect mobility and slight change in threshold voltage from 0.21 V to 0.72 V even after 10,000 cycles of repeated bending at a radius of curvature of 10 mm.
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This work was supported by the IT R&D program of MOTIE/KEIT (No. 10042414 , Development of 8th Generation (2200 × 2500 mm 2 ) Major Equipment for Transparent Flexible Display in Large-Area) and by the LG Display Academic Industrial Cooperation Program.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry