Stable and Efficient White Electroluminescent Devices Based on a Single Emitting Layer of Polymer Blends


  • We thank the National Science Council for financial support. Our special thanks go to Prof. C.-H. Cheng for his support and cooperation during the preparation and characterization of the light-emitting devices. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.


An efficient orange-light-emitting polymer (PFTO-BSeD5) has been developed through the incorporation of low-bandgap benzoselenadiazole (BSeD) moieties into the backbone of a blue-light-emitting polyfluorene copolymer (PFTO poly{[9,9-bis(4-(5-(4-tert-butylphenyl)-[1,3,4]-oxadiazol-2-yl)phenyl)-9′,9′-di-n-octyl-[2,2′]-bifluoren-7,7′-diyl]-stat-[9,9-bis(4-(N,N-di(4-n-butylphenyl)amino)phenyl)-9′,9′-di-n-octyl-[2,2′]-bifluoren-7,7′-diyl]}) that contains hole-transporting triphenylamine and electron-transporting oxadiazole pendent groups. A polymer light-emitting device based on this copolymer exhibits a strong, bright-orange emission with Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (CIE) color coordinates (0.45,0.52). The maximum brightness is 13 716 cd m–2 and the maximum luminance efficiency is 5.53 cd A–1. The use of blends of PFTO-BSeD5 in PFTO leads to efficient and stable white-light-emitting diodes—at a doping concentration of 9 wt %, the device reaches its maximum external quantum efficiency of 1.64 % (4.08 cd A–1). The emission color remains almost unchanged under different bias conditions: the CIE coordinates are (0.32,0.33) at 11.0 V (2.54 mA cm–2, 102 cd m–2) and (0.31,0.33) at 21.0 V (281 mA cm–2, 7328 cd m–2). These values are very close to the ideal CIE chromaticity coordinates for a pure white color (0.33,0.33).