Efficient Polymer Electrophosphorescent Devices with Interfacial Layers


  • This work was funded by the German Ministry of Science and Education (project number 13N8213). Further financial support by the Fond der Chemischen Industrie and by the Brandenburg State (Project CIMAT) is acknowledged.


It is shown that several polymers can form insoluble interfacial layers on a poly(ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) layer after annealing of the double-layer structure. The thickness of the interlayer is dependent on the characteristics of the underlying PEDOT:PSS and the molecular weight of the polymers. It is further shown that the electronic structures of the interlayer polymers have a significant effect on the properties of red-light-emitting polymer-based electrophosphorescent devices. Upon increasing the highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital positions, a significant increase in current density and device efficiency is observed. This is attributed to efficient blocking of electrons in combination with direct injection of holes from the interlayer to the phosphorescent dye. Upon proper choice of the interlayer polymer, efficient red, polymer-based electrophosphorescent devices with a peak luminance efficiency of 5.5 cd A–1 (external quantum efficiency = 6 %) and a maximum power-conversion efficiency of 5 lm W–1 can be realized.