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Novel Film-Casting Method for High-Performance Flexible Polymer Electrodes

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  • Byoung Hoon Lee,

    1. Heeger Center for Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea
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  • Sung Heum Park,

    Corresponding author
    1. Heeger Center for Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea
    • Heeger Center for Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea.
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  • Hyungcheol Back,

    1. Heeger Center for Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea
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  • Kwanghee Lee

    Corresponding author
    1. Heeger Center for Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea
    • Heeger Center for Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea.
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Abstract

A new film-casting method for polymer electrodes is reported, in which thickness-controlled drop-casting (TCDC), using polyaniline doped with camphorsulfonic acid (PANI:CSA) is used. By combining the advantages of conventional spin-casting and drop-casting methods, and by rigorously controlling the film formation parameters, flexible polymer electrodes with high conductivity and excellent transmittance can be produced. The PANI:CSA electrodes cast by the TCDC method exhibited constant thickness-independent conductivities of ∼600 S cm−1 down to a film thickness of 0.2 μm, and a high optical transmittance of about 85% at 550 nm. Furthermore, the new casting method significantly reduced the sheet resistance (∼90 Ω/square) of the PANI:CSA electrodes compared with the conventional spin-cast films, enhancing the performance of the devices deposited on plastic substrates. The flexible polymer light-emitting diode produced a brightness of 6000 cd m−2, and the flexible polymer solar cell exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 2%, both of which were much higher than those of the devices fabricated by the conventional spin-casting method.

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