Flexible diodes for radio frequency (RF) electronics: a materials perspective

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Title: Flexible diodes for radio frequency (RF) electronics: a materials perspective
Author(s): Semple, J
Georgiadou, DG
Wyatt-Moon, G
Gelinck, G
Anthopoulos, TD
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Over the last decade, there has been increasing interest in transferring the research advances in radiofrequency (RF) rectifiers, the quintessential element of the chip in the RF identification (RFID) tags, obtained on rigid substrates onto plastic (flexible) substrates. The growing demand for flexible RFID tags, wireless communications applications and wireless energy harvesting systems that can be produced at a low-cost is a key driver for this technology push. In this topical review, we summarise recent progress and status of flexible RF diodes and rectifying circuits, with specific focus on materials and device processing aspects. To this end, different families of materials (e.g. flexible silicon, metal oxides, organic and carbon nanomaterials), manufacturing processes (e.g. vacuum and solution processing) and device architectures (diodes and transistors) are compared. Although emphasis is placed on performance, functionality, mechanical flexibility and operating stability, the various bottlenecks associated with each technology are also addressed. Finally, we present our outlook on the commercialisation potential and on the positioning of each material class in the RF electronics landscape based on the findings summarised herein. It is beyond doubt that the field of flexible high and ultra-high frequency rectifiers and electronics as a whole will continue to be an active area of research over the coming years.
Publication Date: 30-Oct-2017
Date of Acceptance: 1-Sep-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/54649
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6641/aa89ce
ISSN: 0268-1242
Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
Journal / Book Title: Semiconductor Science and Technology
Volume: 32
Issue: 12
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Commission of the European Communities
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Funder's Grant Number: 280221
RG67691 (cl.8.6)
706707
H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
Copyright Statement: © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd. Original content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.
Keywords: Science & Technology
Technology
Physical Sciences
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Physics, Condensed Matter
Engineering
Materials Science
Physics
radio frequency diodes
RFID
printed electronics
flexible electronics
THIN-FILM TRANSISTORS
FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTORS
WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES
BLEND ORGANIC TRANSISTORS
SELF-ASSEMBLED MONOLAYERS
ENERGY HARVESTING SYSTEM
CM(2) V-1 S(-1)
HIGH-MOBILITY
LOW-TEMPERATURE
ROOM-TEMPERATURE
0204 Condensed Matter Physics
0912 Materials Engineering
Applied Physics
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 123002
Appears in Collections:Physics
Experimental Solid State
Faculty of Natural Sciences



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