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Surface Doping of Organic Single‐Crystal Semiconductors to Produce Strain‐Sensitive Conductive Nanosheets

Abstract

A highly periodic electrostatic potential, even though established in van der Waals bonded organic crystals, is essential for the realization of a coherent band electron system. While impurity doping is an effective chemical operation that can precisely tune the energy of an electronic system, it always faces an unavoidable difficulty in molecular crystals because the introduction of a relatively high density of dopants inevitably destroys the highly ordered molecular framework. In striking contrast, a versatile strategy is presented to create coherent 2D electronic carriers at the surface of organic semiconductor crystals with their precise molecular structures preserved perfectly. The formation of an assembly of redox‐active molecular dopants via a simple one‐shot solution process on a molecularly flat crystalline surface allows efficient chemical doping and results in a relatively high carrier density of 1013cm−2at room temperature. Structural and magnetotransport analyses comprehensively reveal that excellent carrier transport and piezoresistive effects can be obtained that are similar to those in bulk crystals.

Article

Title: Surface Doping of Organic Single‐Crystal Semiconductors to Produce Strain‐Sensitive Conductive Nanosheets

Publication: Advanced Science

Author: Shun Watanabe, Ryohei Hakamatani, Keita Yegashi, Yu Yamashita, Han Nozawa, Mari Sasaki, Shohei Kumagai, Toshihiro Okamoto, Cindy G. Tang, Lay-Lay Chua. Peter K. H. Ho, and Jun Takeya

DOI: 10.1002/advs.202002065

Published: 18 December 2020