Short-Channel Organic Thin-Film Transistors
This work takes advantage of high-resolution silicon stencil masks to build air-stable complementary OTFTs using a low-temperature fabrication process. Plastic electronics based on organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) pave the way for cheap, flexible and large-area products. Over the past few years, OTFTs have undergone remarkable advances in terms of reliability, performance and scale of integration. Many factors contribute to the allure of this technology; the masks exhibit excellent stiffness and stability, thus allowing OTFTs with submicrometer channel lengths and superb device uniformity to be patterned. Furthermore, the OTFTs employ an ultra-thin gate dielectric that provides a sufficiently high capacitance to enable the transistors to operate at voltages as low as 3 V. The critical challenges in this development are the subtle mechanisms that govern the properties of aggressively scaled OTFTs. These mechanisms, dictated by device physics, are well described and implemented into circuit-design tools to ensure adequate simulation accuracy. Tarek Zaki joined the Institute for Microelectronics Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) in 2010, where he currently serves as a research staff member in the department of System Development. He received the Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering and information technology from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2014. Dr. Zaki's research interests are in the area of device modeling and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, with special emphasis on organic and flexible electronics. He received the Ph.D. Student Fellowship Award of the IEEE Electron Devices Society in 2013 and the Ph.D. Dissertation Award of the Anton and Klara Röser Foundation in 2015.
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