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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Associate Professor Fernando Dias

S.M. King, Perepichka, II, I.F. Perepichka, F.B. Dias, M.R. Bryce & A.P. Monkman (2009). Exploiting a Dual-Fluorescence Process in Fluorene-Dibenzothiophene-S,S-dioxide Co-Polymers to Give Efficient Single Polymer LEDs with Broadened Emission. Advanced Functional Materials 19(4): 586-591.

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A description of the synthesis of random (9,9-dioctylfluorene-2,7-diyl)-dibenzothiophene-S,S-dioxide-3,7-diyl) co-polymers (p(F-S)x) by palladium- catalyzed Suzuki cross-coupling polymerization where the feed ration of the latter is varied from 2 to 30 mol % (i.e., x=2-30) is given. Polymer light emitting devices are fabricated with the configuration indium tin oxide/poly(3,4-ethylenediocythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonic acid)/p(F-S)x/Ba/Al. The device external quantum efficiency increased as the ration of the S co-monomer was increased, up to a maximum of 1.3% at 100 mA cm(-2) for p(F-S)30 and a brightness of 3 770 cd m(-2) (at 10V). The S units impart improved electron injection, more balanced mobilities, and markedly improved device performance compared to poly(9,9-dioctylflouorene) under similar conditions. These co-polymers display broad emission, observed as greenish-white light, which arises from dual fluorescence, viz. both local excited states and charge transfer states. Utilizing dual emission can reduce problems associated with Forster energy transfer from high-energy to-low energy excited states.