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Orthogonal solution-processable electron transport layers based on phenylpyridine side-chain polystyrenes

: Lorente, A.; Pingel, P.; Miasojedovas, A.; Krüger, H.; Janietz, S.


ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (2017), No.28, pp.24043-24051
ISSN: 1944-8244
ISSN: 0013-936X
ISSN: 1944-8252
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF
13N12666; cyCESH
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAP ()

This article reports the synthesis and characterization of a series of polystyrenes containing phenylpyridine moieties as side chains. Methanol solubility of these polymers is induced if the relative pyridine content of the overall aromatic units of the side chains is larger than 0.5. This allows for orthogonal processing of multilayered organic light emitting diode (OLED) stacks fabricated from solutions. The polymers show high thermal stability due to their glass-transition temperatures ranging from 136 up to 247 degrees C. High triplet energies of up to 2.8 eV are obtained by combination of the side-chain aromatic rings in the meta position. The use of the methanol soluble side-chain polymers as an electron transport layer (ETL) is demonstrated in an orthogonally processed three layer green-emitting OLED stack When depositing the ETL from methanol, redissolution of the underlying emission layer does not occur.