We studied photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) properties of polymer light emitting diodes (PLEDs) constructed with polyconjugated polymers blends containing Au nanoparticles (DA-Au NPs; 5.3 nm ± 1.1 nm in diameter) capped by dodecylamine. For the blue light emitting polyfluorene polymers, selective quenching of excimer peaks or so-called green bands was observed in PL as well as in EL when they were mixed with small amounts (1-4 wt%) of DA-Au NP. The influence of DA-Au NPs on the light-emitting characteristics of the PLEDs strongly depended on the nature of the matrix polymer, which was particularly conspicuous for the polymers whose emission wavelength matches or overlaps with the surface plasmon resonance wavelength region of Au nanoparticles. Especially, the purity of the blue color emitted by the poly [2,7-(9,9-di-n-dioctylfluorene) (PF) was greatly improved by Au NPs that suppressed the 'green band.' All the PLEDs doped with DA-Au NPs showed enhanced maximum external quantum efficiency and emitted light intensity when compared to undoped counterparts.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology|
|State||Published - 2005|
- Au nanoparticle
- Polymer light emitting diode