We report on the enhancement of the field-effect mobility of solution-processed 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)-pentacene (TIPS-pentacene) by unidirectional topography (UT) of an inkjet-printed polymer insulator. The UT leads to anisotropic spreading and drying of the TIPS-pentacene droplet and enables to spontaneously develop the ordered structures during the solvent evaporation. The mobility of the UT-dictated TIPS-pentacene film (0.202 ± 0.012 cm2/Vs) is found to increase by more than a factor of two compared to that of the isotropic case (0.090 ± 0.032 cm2/Vs). The structural arrangement of the TIPS-pentacene molecules in relation to the mobility enhancement is described within an anisotropic wetting formalism. Our UT-based approach to the mobility enhancement is easily applicable to different classes of soluble organic field-effect transistors by adjusting the geometrical parameters such as the height, the width, and the periodicity of the UT of an inkjet-printed insulator.

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Published in Applied Physics Letters, v. 102, article 193307, p. 1-5.

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The following article appeared in Applied Physics Letters, v. 102, article 193307, p. 1-5 and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4807461.

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This work was supported in part by the National Research Foundation of Korea under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea through the Grant No. 2011-0028422. One of the authors (J.E.A.) acknowledges the support from the US Office of Naval Research.

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