Synthesis, properties, and electrical memory characteristics of new diblock copolymers of polystyrene-block-poly(styrene-pyrene)

Pei Hsuan Lin, Wen Ya Lee, Wen Chung Wu, Wen Chang Chen

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In this study, we report the synthesis, properties, and electrical memory characteristics of new diblock copolymers, polystyrene-block-poly(styrene- pyrene) (PS-b-P(St-Py)), prepared by combining atom transfer radical polymerization and Suzuki coupling reaction. The effects of the St-Py block chain length on the electronic energy level, photophysical properties, and memory characteristics were explored. The PS 42-b-P(St-Py) 108 and PS 66-b-P(St-Py) 67 devices exhibited a dynamic random access memory characteristics with different turn-on threshold voltages of -2.7 and -3.1 V, respectively. Moreover, these memory devices showed a high ON/OFF current ratio of 10 9 and were electrically stable for at least 10 4 s in both ON and OFF states. However, the PS 113-b-P(St-Py) 45-based device displayed an insulating state in a low current variation of 10 -12 to 10 -14 A, which had a short St-Py block length. The mechanism of the switching behavior was explained by the charge hopping conduction between the pyrene units with coexisting charge-trapping environment. The volatility of the memory effect was depended on the ability of charge trapping/back transferring of trapped charge. The present study suggested that the electrical memory characteristics could be efficiently tuned through the block ratio between insulating segment and pendant-conjugated segment of the diblock polymers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
JournalPolymer Bulletin
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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