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We demonstrate a manufacturable, large-area separation approach for producing high-performance polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors on flexible plastic substrates. The approach allows the use of high growth-temperature gate oxides and removes the need for hydrogenation. The process flow starts with the deposition of a nano-structured high surface-to-volume ratio film on a reuseable "mother" substrate. This film functions as a sacrificial release layer and is Si-based for process compatibility. After high-temperature TFT fabrication (up to 1100/spl deg/C) is carried to completion on the sacrificial film coated mother substrate, a thick plastic top layer film is applied, and the sacrificial layer is removed by chemical attack. By using this separation process, the temperature, smoothness, and mechanical limitations posed by plastic substrates are completely circumvented. Both excellent n-channel and p-channel TFTs on plastic have been produced. We report here on p-channel TFTs on separated plastic with a linear field effect (hole) mobility of 174 cm/sup 2//V/spl middot/s, on/off current ratio of >10/sup 8/ at V/sub ds/=-0.1 V, off current of <10/sup -11/ A//spl mu/m-channel-width at V/sub ds/=-0.1 V, sub-V/sub t/ swing of /spl sim/200 mV/dec, and threshold voltage of -1.1 V.