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Orthogonal Solution-Processable Electron Transport Layers Based on Phenylpyridine Side-Chain Polystyrenes

Orthogonal Solution-Processable Electron Transport Layers Based on Phenylpyridine Side-Chain Polystyrenes
Silvia Janietz, Hartmut Krüger, Alejandro Lorente, Arunas Miasojedovas, Patrick Pingel
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 °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.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b06701

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b06701

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