Novel dendritic light-emitting materials containing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes core

Kuei Bai Chen, Yueh Ping Chang, Sheng-Hsiung Yang, Chain-Shu Hsu*

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A new series of star-like light-emitting materials (POSS1, POSS2 and POSS3) were synthesized by hydrosilylation of the polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane with 4,4′-bis(4-(di-(4-methylphenyl)amino)styryl)-2-(hexan-1-yloxy)-5-(10-undecen-1-yloxy)benzene (C1), 4,4′-bis[(E)-2-(N-ethylcarbazoyl)ethenyl]-2-(hexan-1-yloxy)-5-(10-undecen-1-yloxy)benzene (C2), and Iridium(III) bis(2-phenylpyridine-C2-N′) (13-teradecenyl acetonate) (C3), respectively. All synthesized materials are soluble in common organic solvents, such as chloroform, toluene and 1,2-dichloroethane, and exhibit good film-forming properties. Therefore, they can be used to fabricate devices by spin-coating. The aggregation of peripheral chromophores can be prevented by the rigid POSS core. A double-layer, light-emitting diode with the configuration of indium-tin oxide/poly(ethylene 3,4-dioxythiophene)/POSS1/Ca/Al was fabricated using POSS1 as the active layer. The device emitted green light with a maximum brightness of 115 cd/m2 and a current yield of 0.07 cd/A. When the light-emitting layer is blended with 0.8% electron-transport material, 2-(4′-tert-butylphenyl)-5-(4′-diphenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole, the maximum brightness and current yield of the device can reach 1469 cd/m2 and 0.8 cd/A, respectively. The performance of a POSS2 device with the same device structure can reach 1102 cd/m2 and 0.88 cd/A. POSS3 is a kind of triplet material and blended with 4,4-N,N′-dicarbazole-biphenyl as host material, to fabricate the light-emitting device. The maximum brightness and current yield reach 1008 cd/m2 and 1.04 cd/A, respectively. Blending with 1,3,5-tris(2-N-phenylbenzimi dazolyl)benzene as the hole-blocking material yields a maximum brightness and current yield of 1172 cd/m2 and 3.99 cd/A.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-109
Number of pages7
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 30 Aug 2006


  • Optoelectronic devices
  • Organic semiconductors
  • Photoluminescence


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