Nitrogen Containing Graphene-Like Structures from Pyrolysis of Pyrimidine Polymers for Polymer/graphene Hybrid Field Effect Transistors


Nitrogen containing graphene like structures were obtained by the pyrolysis of two pyrimidine polymers at 600 degrees C. Pyrimidine polymers were prepared by the base catalyzed aldol condensation reactions between 2-decyloxy-4,6-dimethylpyrimidine and two aromatic dialdehydes. Pyrolyzed products were shown to have a graphitic structure by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and powder X-ray diffraction studies. The presence of nitrogen in the graphitic structures was proved by elemental analysis and energy dispersive X-ray analysis experiments. Fluorescence quenching experiments with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) showed that the resultant graphitic material can act as an acceptor. These materials were tested in P3HT/graphene hybrid field effect transistors which exhibited higher mobilities and comparable on/off ratios compared to P3HT only devices.


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Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl), Nitrogen, Pyrimidine polymers, Pyrolysis, Graphene

US National Science Foundation (Career DMR-0956116); Welch Foundation (AT-1740); US National Science Foundation-MRI (CHE-1126177).


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