Stabilization of Semiconducting Polymers with Silsesquioxane


  • The authors thank Dr. Eujen Jin of American Dye Source Inc and Dr. Ishiang Shi for of McGill University for technical help and discussions. Research at UCSB was supported by the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials.


Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) anchored to poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1.4-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV) (MEH-PPV–POSS), and to poly(9,9-dihexylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl) (PFO) (PFO–POSS) were synthesized. Compared with the corresponding parent polymers, MEH-PPV and PFO, MEH-PPV–POSS and PFO–POSS have better thermal stability. MEH-PPV–POSS and MEH-PPV have identical absorption and photoluminescent (PL) spectra, both in solution and as thin films. They also have identical electroluminescent (EL) spectra. Devices made from MEH-PPV–POSS exhibit higher brightness (1320 cd m–2 at 3.5 V) and higher external quantum efficiency (ηext = 2.2 % photons per electron) compared to MEH-PPV (230 cd m–2 at 3.5 V and ηext = 1.5 % ph el–1). Compared with PFO in the same device configuration, PFO–POSS has improved blue EL emission and higher ηext.