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High-frequency printed and direct-written Organic-hybrid Integrated Circuits

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Project "HEROIC" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VIA MOREGO 30
city: GENOVA
postcode: 16163

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙608˙125 €
 EC max contribution 1˙608˙125 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2020-03-31


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 Project objective

The HEROIC project aims at filling the gap between the currently low operation frequencies of printed, organic flexible electronics and the high-frequency regime, by demonstrating polymer-based field-effect transistors with maximum operation frequencies of 1 GHz and complementary integrated logic circuits switching in the 10-100 MHz range, fabricated by means of printing and direct-writing scalable processes in order to retain low temperature manufacturability of cost-effective large area electronics on plastic. The recent development of semiconducting polymers with mobilities in the range of 1 to 10 cm^2/Vs, and even higher in the case of aligned films, suggests that suitably downscaled printed polymer transistors with operation frequencies in the GHz regime, at least three orders of magnitude higher than current printed polymer devices, are achievable, by addressing in a holistic approach the specific challenges set in the HEROIC trans-disciplinary research programme: (i)development of scalable high resolution processes for the patterning of functional inks, where printing will be combined with direct-writing techniques such as fs-laser machining, both in an additive and subtractive approach; (ii)development of printable nanoscale hybrid dielectrics with high specific capacitance, where low-k polymer buffer materials will be combined with solution processable high-k dielectrics, such as insulating metal oxides; (iii)improvement of the control of charge injection and transport in printed polymer and hybrid semiconductors, where high-mobility 1-D and 2-D structures are included in polymer films; (iv)development of advanced printed and direct-written transistors architectures with low parasitic capacitances for high-speed operation. HEROIC will radically advance and expand the applicability of polymer-based printed electronics, thus making it suitable for next generation portable and wearable short-range wireless communicating devices with low power consumption.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Elena Stucchi, Giorgio Dell\'Erba, Paolo Colpani, Yun‐Hi Kim, Mario Caironi
Low‐Voltage, Printed, All‐Polymer Integrated Circuits Employing a Low‐Leakage and High‐Yield Polymer Dielectric
published pages: 1800340, ISSN: 2199-160X, DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201800340
Advanced Electronic Materials 4/12 2019-12-16
2018 Younghun Shin, Matteo Massetti, Hartmut Komber, Till Biskup, Diego Nava, Guglielmo Lanzani, Mario Caironi, Michael Sommer
Improving Miscibility of a Naphthalene Diimide-Bithiophene Copolymer with n-Type Dopants through the Incorporation of “Kinked” Monomers
published pages: 1700581, ISSN: 2199-160X, DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201700581
Advanced Electronic Materials 4/10 2019-12-16
2018 Diego Nava, Younghun Shin, Matteo Massetti, Xuechen Jiao, Till Biskup, Madan S. Jagadeesh, Alberto Calloni, Lamberto Duò, Guglielmo Lanzani, Christopher R. McNeill, Michael Sommer, Mario Caironi
Drastic Improvement of Air Stability in an n-Type Doped Naphthalene-Diimide Polymer by Thionation
published pages: 4626-4634, ISSN: 2574-0962, DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.8b00777
ACS Applied Energy Materials 1/9 2019-12-16
2018 Dongyoon Khim, Alessandro Luzio, Giorgio Ernesto Bonacchini, Giuseppina Pace, Mi-Jung Lee, Yong-Young Noh, Mario Caironi
Uniaxial Alignment of Conjugated Polymer Films for High-Performance Organic Field-Effect Transistors
published pages: 1705463, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201705463
Advanced Materials 30/20 2019-12-16
2018 Rukiya Matsidik, Michele Giorgio, Alessandro Luzio, Mario Caironi, Hartmut Komber, Michael Sommer
A Defect-Free Naphthalene Diimide Bithiazole Copolymer via Regioselective Direct Arylation Polycondensation
published pages: 6121-6126, ISSN: 1434-193X, DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201800821
European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2018/44 2019-12-16
2016 V. D\'Innocenzo, A. Luzio, H. Abdalla, S. Fabiano, M. A. Loi, D. Natali, A. Petrozza, M. Kemerink, M. Caironi
Two-dimensional charge transport in molecularly ordered polymer field-effect transistors
published pages: 11135-11142, ISSN: 2050-7534, DOI: 10.1039/c6tc03897b
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 4/47 2019-12-16
2019 Francesca Scuratti, Giorgio E. Bonacchini, Caterina Bossio, Jorge M. Salazar-Rios, Wytse Talsma, Maria A. Loi, Maria Rosa Antognazza, Mario Caironi
Real-Time Monitoring of Cellular Cultures with Electrolyte-Gated Carbon Nanotube Transistors
published pages: 37966-37972, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b11383
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 11/41 2019-12-16
2019 M. Giorgio, M. Caironi
Radio-Frequency Polymer Field-Effect Transistors Characterized by S-Parameters
published pages: 953-956, ISSN: 0741-3106, DOI: 10.1109/led.2019.2909844
IEEE Electron Device Letters 40/6 2019-12-16
2019 Desiree Adamczak, Hartmut Komber, Anna Illy, Alberto D. Scaccabarozzi, Mario Caironi, Michael Sommer
Indacenodithiophene Homopolymers via Direct Arylation: Direct Polycondensation versus Polymer Analogous Reaction Pathways
published pages: 7251-7259, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01269
Macromolecules 52/19 2019-12-16
2019 Alessandro Luzio, Fritz Nübling, Jaime Martin, Daniele Fazzi, Philipp Selter, Eliot Gann, Christopher R. McNeill, Martin Brinkmann, Michael Ryan Hansen, Natalie Stingelin, Michael Sommer, Mario Caironi
Microstructural control suppresses thermal activation of electron transport at room temperature in polymer transistors
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11125-9
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-12-16
2018 Giorgio E. Bonacchini, Caterina Bossio, Francesco Greco, Virgilio Mattoli, Yun-Hi Kim, Guglielmo Lanzani, Mario Caironi
Tattoo-Paper Transfer as a Versatile Platform for All-Printed Organic Edible Electronics
published pages: 1706091, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201706091
Advanced Materials 30/14 2019-12-16
2018 Andrea Perinot, Mario Caironi
Accessing MHz Operation at 2 V with Field‐Effect Transistors Based on Printed Polymers on Plastic
published pages: 1801566, ISSN: 2198-3844, DOI: 10.1002/advs.201801566
Advanced Science 2019-12-16
2019 Giuseppina Pace, Ilaria Bargigia, Yong-Young Noh, Carlos Silva, Mario Caironi
Intrinsically distinct hole and electron transport in conjugated polymers controlled by intra and intermolecular interactions
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13155-9
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-12-16
2018 Jonathan Barsotti, Ikue Hirata, Francesca Pignatelli, Mario Caironi, Francesco Greco, Virgilio Mattoli
Ultraconformable Freestanding Capacitors Based on Ultrathin Polyvinyl Formal Films
published pages: 1800215, ISSN: 2199-160X, DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201800215
Advanced Electronic Materials 4/11 2019-12-16
2018 Francesca Di Maria, Mattia Zangoli, Massimo Gazzano, Eduardo Fabiano, Denis Gentili, Alberto Zanelli, Andrea Fermi, Giacomo Bergamini, Davide Bonifazi, Andrea Perinot, Mario Caironi, Raffaello Mazzaro, Vittorio Morandi, Giuseppe Gigli, Andrea Liscio, Giovanna Barbarella
Controlling the Functional Properties of Oligothiophene Crystalline Nano/Microfibers via Tailoring of the Self-Assembling Molecular Precursors
published pages: 1801946, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201801946
Advanced Functional Materials 28/32 2019-12-16
2016 Sadir Gabriele Bucella, Jorge Mario Salazar-Rios, Vladimir Derenskyi, Martin Fritsch, Ullrich Scherf, Maria Antonietta Loi, Mario Caironi
Inkjet Printed Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Based Ambipolar and Unipolar Transistors for High-Performance Complementary Logic Circuits
published pages: 1600094, ISSN: 2199-160X, DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201600094
Advanced Electronic Materials 2/6 2019-05-29
2015 Nam-Koo Kim, Soo-Young Jang, Giuseppina Pace, Mario Caironi, Won-Tae Park, Dongyoon Khim, Juhwan Kim, Dong-Yu Kim, Yong-Young Noh
High-Performance Organic Field-Effect Transistors with Directionally Aligned Conjugated Polymer Film Deposited from Pre-Aggregated Solution
published pages: 8345-8353, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b03775
Chemistry of Materials 27/24 2019-05-29
2016 S. G. Higgins, B. V. O. Muir, G. Dell\'Erba, A. Perinot, M. Caironi, A. J. Campbell
Self-aligned organic field-effect transistors on plastic with picofarad overlap capacitances and megahertz operating frequencies
published pages: 23302, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.4939045
Applied Physics Letters 108/2 2019-05-29
2016 Dario Natali, Jiaren Chen, Francesco Maddalena, Francisco García Ferré, Fabio Di Fonzo, Mario Caironi
Injection Length in Staggered Organic Thin Film Transistors: Assessment and Implications for Device Downscaling
published pages: 1600097, ISSN: 2199-160X, DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201600097
Advanced Electronic Materials 2/8 2019-05-29
2017 Pasquale Claudio Africa, Carlo de Falco, Francesco Maddalena, Mario Caironi, Dario Natali
Simultaneous Extraction of Density of States Width, Carrier Mobility and Injection Barriers in Organic Semiconductors
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-03882-8
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-05-29
2015 Sadir G. Bucella, Alessandro Luzio, Eliot Gann, Lars Thomsen, Christopher R. McNeill, Giuseppina Pace, Andrea Perinot, Zhihua Chen, Antonio Facchetti, Mario Caironi
Macroscopic and high-throughput printing of aligned nanostructured polymer semiconductors for MHz large-area electronics
published pages: 8394, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9394
Nature Communications 6 2019-05-29
2017 Sadir Gabriele Bucella, Andrea Perinot, Mario Caironi
All Polymer FETs Direct-Written on Flexible Substrates Achieving MHz Operation Regime
published pages: 1960-1967, ISSN: 0018-9383, DOI: 10.1109/TED.2017.2655943
IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 64/5 2019-05-29
2016 Min Jae Sung, Alessandro Luzio, Won-Tae Park, Ran Kim, Eliot Gann, Francesco Maddalena, Giuseppina Pace, Yong Xu, Dario Natali, Carlo de Falco, Long Dang, Christopher R. McNeill, Mario Caironi, Yong-Young Noh, Yun-Hi Kim
High-Mobility Naphthalene Diimide and Selenophene-Vinylene-Selenophene-Based Conjugated Polymer: n-Channel Organic Field-Effect Transistors and Structure-Property Relationship
published pages: 4984-4997, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201601144
Advanced Functional Materials 26/27 2019-05-29
2016 V. D\'Innocenzo, A. Luzio, H. Abdalla, S. Fabiano, M. A. Loi, D. Natali, A. Petrozza, M. Kemerink, M. Caironi
Two-dimensional charge transport in molecularly ordered polymer field-effect transistors
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-7534, DOI: 10.1039/C6TC03897B
J. Mater. Chem. C 2019-05-29
2017 Xin Yu Chin, Giuseppina Pace, Cesare Soci, Mario Caironi
Ambipolar charge distribution in donor–acceptor polymer field-effect transistors
published pages: 754-762, ISSN: 2050-7534, DOI: 10.1039/c6tc05033f
J. Mater. Chem. C 5/3 2019-05-29
2017 Rukiya Matsidik, Alessandro Luzio, Özge Askin, Daniele Fazzi, Alessandro Sepe, Ullrich Steiner, Hartmut Komber, Mario Caironi, Michael Sommer
Highly Planarized Naphthalene Diimide–Bifuran Copolymers with Unexpected Charge Transport Performance
published pages: 5473-5483, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b05313
Chemistry of Materials 29/13 2019-05-29
2016 S. G. Higgins, B. V. O. Muir, G. Dell\'Erba, A. Perinot, M. Caironi and A. J. Campbell
Complementary Organic Logic Gates on Plastic Formed by Self-Aligned Transistors with Gravure and Inkjet Printed Dielectric and Semiconductors
published pages: 1500272, ISSN: 2199-160X, DOI: 10.1002/aelm.201500272
Advanced Electronic Materials 2019-05-29
2016 Florian Lombeck, Hartmut Komber, Daniele Fazzi, Diego Nava, Jochen Kuhlmann, Dominik Stegerer, Karen Strassel, Josef Brandt, Amaia Diaz de Zerio Mendaza, Christian Müller, Walter Thiel, Mario Caironi, Richard Friend, Michael Sommer
On the Effect of Prevalent Carbazole Homocoupling Defects on the Photovoltaic Performance of PCDTBT:PC 71 BM Solar Cells
published pages: 1601232, ISSN: 1614-6832, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201601232
Advanced Energy Materials 6/21 2019-05-29
2016 Andrea Perinot, Prakash Kshirsagar, Maria Ada Malvindi, Pier Paolo Pompa, Roberto Fiammengo, Mario Caironi
Direct-written polymer field-effect transistors operating at 20 MHz
published pages: 38941, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep38941
Scientific Reports 6 2019-05-29
2016 Rukiya Matsidik, Alessandro Luzio, Sophie Hameury, Hartmut Komber, Christopher R. McNeill, Mario Caironi, Michael Sommer
Effects of PNDIT2 end groups on aggregation, thin film structure, alignment and electron transport in field-effect transistors
published pages: 10371-10380, ISSN: 2050-7534, DOI: 10.1039/C6TC03804B
J. Mater. Chem. C 4/43 2019-05-29
2017 Rossella Porrazzo, Alessandro Luzio, Sebastiano Bellani, Giorgio Ernesto Bonacchini, Yong-Young Noh, Yun-Hi Kim, Guglielmo Lanzani, Maria Rosa Antognazza, Mario Caironi
Water-Gated n-Type Organic Field-Effect Transistors for Complementary Integrated Circuits Operating in an Aqueous Environment
published pages: 1-10, ISSN: 2470-1343, DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.6b00256
ACS Omega 2/1 2019-05-29

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