A New Carbazole-Constructed Hyperbranched Polymer: Convenient One-Pot Synthesis, Hole-Transporting Ability, and Field-Effect Transistor Properties



A new hyperbranched polymer (HB-car), constructed fully by carbazole moieties, is successfully synthesized through a one-pot Suzuki coupling reaction. The resultant polymer is well-characterized, and its hole-transporting ability is studied carefully. The device, in which HB-car is utilized as a hole-transporting layer and tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum as an electron-emitting layer as well as electron-transporting layer, gives a much higher efficiency (3.05 cd A–1), than that of a poly(N-vinylcarbazole) based device (2.19 cd A–1) under similar experimental conditions. The remarkable performance is attributed to its low energy barrier and enhanced hole-drifting ability in the HB-car based device. In addition, for the first time, a field-effect transistor (FET) based on the hyperbranched polymer is fabricated, and the organic FET device shows that HB-car is a typical p-type FET material with a saturation mobility of 1 × 10–5 cm2 V–1 s–1, a threshold voltage of –47.1 V, and an on-to-off current ratio of 103.