A phosphorescent poly(dendrimer) with increased viscosity for solution-processed OLED devices

Jack W. Levell, Jack P. Gunning, Paul L. Burn, Jeremy Robertson, Ifor D. W. Samuel

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We describe a phosphorescent green solution-processable iridium(III) complex containing poly(dendrimer), where the polymer character enhances compatibility with ink-jet printing techniques while the dendritic structure improves solid-state performance. The poly(dendrimer) shows an increased viscosity in chlorobenzene solutions of 1.1 mPa s at 25 mg/ml concentration relative to a simple first generation dendrimer. The poly(dendrimer) has a photoluminescence quantum yield of 15% in a neat film which increases to 52%, accompanied by an increase in radiative rate, when the material is blended with 4,4'-bis(N-carbazolyl)-2,2'-biphenyl (CBP). Blending with poly(styrene) results in a slightly decreased efficiency of 13%, showing the importance of choosing compatible materials when blending the poly(dendrimer). Organic light emitting diodes were fabricated containing the poly(dendrimer) and these had a 5.1% external quantum efficiency. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1561-1568
Number of pages8
JournalOrganic Electronics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


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