SIAL) announced today it has teamed with 3M to distribute TIPS Pentacene,
a high-performance soluble organic semiconductor for printed and flexible electronics.
Sigma-Aldrich will exclusively distribute research quantities of TIPS Pentacene
globally through the Materials Science initiative of its Aldrich® business.
3M will continue to focus on development of the soluble organic semiconductor
technology and to work directly with customers to deliver commercial quantities
of TIPS Pentacene.
Printed electronics is an emerging industry that takes advantage of energy
efficient printing technology to manufacture electronic devices for applications
including organic solar cells, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and
flexible displays. These applications require organic semiconductor materials
that can be deposited using conventional low-cost solution processing techniques
such as spin or spray coating and ink-jet printing. TIPS Pentacene, manufactured
by 3M under the name 3M(TM) Organic Electronics Semiconductor L-20856, is the
first in a family of soluble Pentacene-based semiconductors developed by 3M
Electronics Markets Materials Division in collaboration with Dr. John Anthony,
professor at the University of Kentucky and founder of Outrider Technologies
"To help our customers with their quest in printed electronics innovation,
Aldrich developed an extensive line of organic electronics products that includes
materials critical to support ongoing device improvement efforts," said
Dr. Ilya Koltover, business development manager for Aldrich Chemistry and Materials
Science. "We are committed to serving researchers around the globe by enhancing
our organic electronics product line with new and revolutionary device-grade
materials, such as TIPS Pentacene. We are pleased to team with 3M and intend
to extend this collaboration further as new materials are developed and become
"3M is very pleased to offer our TIPS Pentacene for research usage through
Sigma-Aldrich," said Larry Ennett, business manager for 3M Electronics
Markets Materials Division. "This agreement will provide increased global
access to this soluble semiconductor and help the developing organic electronics
TIPS Pentacene, known chemically as 6,13-Bis(Triisopropylsilylethynyl) pentacene,
is soluble in solvents compatible with the electronics manufacturing environment
and has been used to make organic field effect transistors (OFETs) with highest
reported switching speeds and field-effect mobilities in its class. These properties
make TIPS Pentacene the most intensely studied small molecule soluble organic
semiconductor and a prime candidate for emerging OFET applications such as backplane
circuitry for utility-grade displays.
To learn more about TIPS Pentacene and other new organic electronics materials
available from Sigma-Aldrich, visit http://www.sigma-aldrich.com/oel or read
the latest issue of the Aldrich Material Matters(TM) "Organic and Molecular
Electronics" available at http://www.sigma-aldrich.com/materialmatters.
For more information about 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division, visit