Impact of Organic Molecule-Induced Charge Transfer on Operating Voltage Control of Both n-MoS 2 and p-MoTe 2 Transistors

Yongjae Cho, Ji Hoon Park, Minju Kim, Yeonsu Jeong, Sanghyuck Yu, June Yeong Lim, Yeonjin Yi, Seongil Im

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Since transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) semiconductors are found as two-dimensional van der Waals materials with a discrete energy bandgap, many TMD based field effect transistors (FETs) are reported as prototype devices. However, overall reports indicate that threshold voltage (V th ) of those FETs are located far away from 0 V whether the channel is p- or n-type. This definitely causes high switching voltage and unintended OFF-state leakage current. Here, a facile way to simultaneously modulate the V th of both p- and n-channel FETs with TMDs is reported. The deposition of various organic small molecules on the channel results in charge transfer between the organic molecule and TMD channels. Especially, HAT-CN molecule is found to ideally work for both p- and n-channels, shifting their V th toward 0 V concurrently. As a proof of concept, a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) inverter with p-MoTe 2 and n-MoS 2 channels shows superior voltage gain and minimal power consumption after HAT-CN deposition, compared to its initial performance. When the same TMD FETs of the CMOS structure are integrated into an OLED pixel circuit for ambipolar switching, the circuit with HAT-CN film demonstrates complete ON/OFF switching of OLED pixel, which was not switched off without HAT-CN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2456-2463
Number of pages8
JournalNano letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 10

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the financial support from NRF (NRL program, Grant 2017R1A2A1A05001278; SRC program, Grant 2017R1A5A1014862, vdWMRC center). J.H.P acknowledges this research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2017R1A6A3A11035872)

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Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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