A multistep imprinting process is presented for the fabrication of a bottom-contact, bottom-gate thin-film transistor (TFT) on poly(ethylene naphthalate) (PEN) foil by patterning all layers of the metal-insulator-metal stack by UV nanoimprint lithography (UV NIL). The flexible TFTs were fabricated on a planarization layer, patterned in a novel way by UV NIL, on a foil reversibly glued to a Si carrier. This planarization step enhances the dimensional stability and flatness of the foil and thus results in a thinner and more homogeneous residual layer. The fabricated TFTs have been electrically characterized as demonstrators of the here developed fully UV NIL-based patterning process on PEN foil, and compared to TFTs made on Si with the same process. TFTs with channel lengths from 5 μm down to 250 nm have been fabricated on Si and PEN foil, showing channel length-dependent charge carrier mobilities, μ, in the range of 0.06-0.92 cm2 V-1 s -1 on Si and of 0.16-0.56 cm2 V-1 s -1 on PEN foil.
- Flexible thin-film transistor
- Organic electronics
- Step-and-repeat planarization
- Submicron channel lengths
- UV nanoimprint lithography