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Keywords:

  • transparent paper substrates;
  • cellulose nanofibers;
  • organic thin-film transistors;
  • solution processes;
  • flexible displays

Eco-friendly and low-cost cellulose nanofiber paper (nanopaper) is a promising candidate as a novel substrate for flexible electron device applications. Here, a thin transparent nanopaper-based high-mobility organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) array is demonstrated for the first time. Nanopaper made from only native wood cellulose nanofibers has excellent thermal stability (>180 °C) and chemical durability, and a low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE: 5–10 ppm K-1). These features make it possible to build an OTFT array on nanopaper using a similar process to that for an array on conventional glass. A short-channel bottom-contact OTFT is successfully fabricated on the nanopaper by a lithographic and solution-based process. Owing to the smoothness of the cast-coated nanopaper surface, a solution processed organic semiconductor film on the nanopaper comprises large crystalline domains with a size of approximately 50–100 μm, and the corresponding TFT exhibits a high hole mobility of up to 1 cm2V-1 s-1 and a small hysteresis of below 0.1 V under ambient conditions. The nanopaper-based OTFT also had excellent flexibility and can be formed into an arbitrary shape. These combined technologies of low-cost and eco-friendly paper substrates and solution-based organic TFTs are promising for use in future flexible electronics application such as flexible displays and sensors.