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Ink Formulation for Printed Organic Electronics: Investigating Effects of Aggregation on Structure and Rheology of Functional Inks Based on Conjugated Polymers in Mixed Solvents

Schlisske, S. 1; Rosenauer, C.; Rödlmeier, T. 1; Giringer, K. 1; Michels, J. J.; Kremer, K.; Lemmer, U. 1,2; Morsbach, S.; Daoulas, K. C.; Hernandez-Sosa, G. ORCID iD icon 1
1 Lichttechnisches Institut (LTI), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The utilization of solution‐processable organic semiconducting (OSC) polymers and the development of industrial‐relevant printing techniques enable cost‐efficient fabrication of optoelectronic devices for the mass market. Yet, the adaptation of viscoelastic properties of a functional ink to the respective printing technology is challenging. One crucial parameter is the formulation of the ink, which can be adjusted by selecting the combination of solvents that are mixed with the OSC. The current study considers model functional inks composed of a poly‐phenylene‐vinylene‐based OSC and two solvents, empirically known to be good. Their quality is quantified using the Hansen solubility parameters. The influence of the composition of the solvent mixture on structural, dynamical, and rheological behavior of the ink is investigated with light scattering, viscometry, and rheometry. Although both solvents are considered good, polymer aggregation is found at all compositions. Aggregation depends on composition in a nontrivial way. For dilute and semi‐dilute inks, the effects of aggregates on the ink viscosity are hidden by the difference in viscosities of the neat solvents. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000122745
Veröffentlicht am 29.08.2020
DOI: 10.1002/admt.202000335
Zitationen: 19
Web of Science
Zitationen: 15
Zitationen: 22
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT)
Lichttechnisches Institut (LTI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 02.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2365-709X
KITopen-ID: 1000122745
HGF-Programm 38.01.02 (POF IV, LK 01) Materials and Interfaces
Erschienen in Advanced materials technologies
Verlag John Wiley and Sons
Band 6
Heft 2
Seiten Art.Nr. 2000335
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