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Keywords:

  • bipolar;
  • conjugated polymers;
  • light-emitting diodes (LED);
  • poly(p-phenylene) (PPP);
  • triazole (TAZ);
  • triphenylamine (TPA)

Abstract

Two novel copoly(p-phenylene)s (P1P2) containing bipolar groups (12.8 and 6.8 mol %, respectively), directly linked hole transporting triphenylamine and electron transporting aromatic 1,2,4-triazole, were synthesized to enhance electroluminescence (EL) of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) derivatives. The bipolar groups not only enhance thermal stability but also promote electron affinity and hole affinity of the resulting copoly(p-phenylene)s. Blending the bipolar copoly-(p-phenylene)s (P1P2) with PPV derivatives (d6-PPV) as an emitting layer effectively improve the emission efficiency of its electroluminescent devices [indium tin oxide (ITO)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS)/polymer blend/Ca (50 nm)/Al (100 nm)]. The maximum luminance and maximum luminance efficiency were significantly enhanced from 310 cd m−2 and 0.03 cd A−1 (d6-PPV-based device) to 1450 cd m−2 and 0.20 cd A−1 (blend device with d6-PPV/P1 = 96/4 containing ∼0.5 wt % of bipolar groups), respectively. Our results demonstrate the efficacy of the copoly(p-phenylene)s with bipolar groups in enhancing EL of PPV derivatives. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2010