Fluorene co-polymers with high efficiency deep-blue electroluminescence†
Two new deep blue emitting co-polymers are synthesised and exploited in highly-efficient solution-processed polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs). A key molecular design feature is selective functionalisation of 9,9-diphenylfluorene to disrupt backbone π-conjugation, thereby promoting luminescence from short emissive domains (λELmax 422 and 401 nm for P1 and P2 devices, respectively). PLEDs using P1 and P2 in the hybrid architecture ITO/PEDOT:PSS/polymer/TPBi/LiF/Al show low turn-on voltages and remarkably high EQE values of ηext,max 3.3%, Lmax of 167 cd m−2 with CIExy coordinates (0.17, 0.10) for P1; and 3.9%, 274 cd m−2, CIExy (0.17, 0.07) for P2. These performances are currently among the best for PLEDs with CIEy ≤ 0.10.
- This article is part of the themed collections: 2015 Journal of Materials Chemistry C Hot Papers and Highlighting materials research in the UK for optical, magnetic and electronic devices