ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces | VOL. 14

Water-Soluble Polythiophene-Conjugated Polyelectrolyte-Based Memristors for Transient Electronics

Publication Date Aug 9, 2022


The key to protect sensitive information stored in electronic memory devices from disclosure is to develop transient electronic devices that are capable of being destroyed quickly in an emergency. By using a highly water-soluble polythiophene-conjugated polyelectrolyte PTT-NMI+Br- as an active material, which was synthesized by the reaction of poly[thiophene-alt-4,4-bis(6-bromohexyl)-4H-cyclopenta(1,2-b:5,4-b')dithiophene] with N-methylimidazole, a flexible electronic device, Al/PTT-NMI+Br-/ITO-coated PET (ITO: indium tin oxide; PET: polyethylene terephthalate), is successfully fabricated. This device shows a typical nonvolatile rewritable resistive random access memory (RRAM) effect at a sweep voltage range of ±3 V and a history-dependent memristive switching performance at a small sweep voltage range of ±1 V. Both the learning/memorizing functions and the synaptic potentiation/depression of biological systems have been emulated. The switching mechanism for the PTT-NMI+Br--based electronic device may be highly associated with ion migration under bias. Once water is added to this device, it will be destructed rapidly within 20 s due to the dissolution of the active layer. This device is not only a typical transient device but can also be used for constructing conventional memristors with long-term stability after electronic packaging. Furthermore, the soluble active layer in the device can be easily recycled from its aqueous solution and reused for fabricating new transient memristors. This work offers a train of new thought...


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