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High-efficiency poly(p-phenylenevinylene)-based copolymers containing an oxadiazole pendant group for light-emitting diodes.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Publication Date
Volume
126
Issue
8
Pages
2474–2480
Identifiers
PMID: 14982456
Source
Medline

Abstract

A new series of high brightness and luminance efficient poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV)-based electroluminescent (EL) polymers, poly[2-[4-[5-(4-(3,7-dimethyloctyloxy)phenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole-2-yl]phenyloxy]-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (Oxa-PPV), poly[2-[2-((3,7-dimethyloctyl)oxy)phenoxy]-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (DMOP-PPV), and their corresponding random copolymers, poly[[2-[4-[5-(4-(3,7-dimethyloctyloxy)phenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole-2-yl]phenyloxy]-1,4-phenylenevinylene]-co-[2-[2-((3,7-dimethyloctyl)oxy) phenoxy]-1,4-phenylenevinylene]] (Oxa-PPV-co-DMOP-PPV), with an electron-deficient 1,3,4-oxadiazole unit on the side groups, were synthesized through the Gilch polymerization method. The newly designed and synthesized asymmetric molecular structures of Oxa-PPV, DMOP-PPV, and Oxa-PPV-co-DMOP-PPV were completely soluble in common organic solvents, and defect-free optical thin film was easily spin-coated onto the indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate. Oxa-PPV shows a high glass transition temperature (T(g)), which might be an advantage for long time operation of polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs). Double-layer LEDs with an ITO/PEDOT/polymer/Al configuration were fabricated by using those polymers. Electrooptical properties and device performance could be adjusted by introducing the Oxa-PPV content in the copolymers. The emission colors could be tuned from green to yellowish-orange via intramolecular energy transfer. The improved device performance of Oxa-PPV over DMOP-PPV and Oxa-PPV-co-DMOP-PPV may be due to better electron injection and charge balance between holes and electrons and also efficient intramolecular energy transfer from 1,3,4-oxadiazole units to PPV backbones. The maximum brightness and the luminance efficiency of Oxa-PPV were up to 19395 cd/m(2) at 14 V and 21.1 cd/A at 5930 cd/m(2). The maximum luminance efficiency of Oxa-PPV is ranked the highest value among the PPV derivatives to date.

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