Highly efficient electrophosphorescent polymer light-emitting devices

Tzung Fang Guo, Shun Chi Chang, Yang Yang, Raymond C. Kwong, Mark E. Thompson

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We report a high performance polymer electroluminescent device based on a bi-layer structure consisting of a hole transporting layer (poly(vinylcarbazole)) and an electron transporting layer poly(9,9-bis(octyl)-fluorene-2,7-diyl) (BOc-PF) doped with platinum(II)-2,8,12,17-tetraethyl-3,7,13,18-tetramethylporphyrin (PtOX). The devices show red electrophosphorescence with a peak emission at 656 nm and a full width at half maximum of 18 nm, consistent with exclusive emission from the PtOX dopants. BOc-PF emission is not observed at any bias. The required doping levels for these phosphorescence-based polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) are significantly lower than for other reported phosphorescence-based PLEDs or organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). A doping level of 1% or more give an LED with exclusive PtOX emission, whereas related PLEDs or OLEDs doped with phosphorescent dopants require doping levels of >5% to achieve exclusive dye dopant emission. The device external efficiency was enhanced from 1% to 2.3% when doped with PtOX. The lower doping level in BOc-PF/PtOX based PLEDs decreases triplet-triplet annihilation in these devices, leading to quantum efficiency that is only weakly dependent on current density. The luminescence transient decay time for this device is ∼500 μs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic Electronics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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