Observation of the energy transfer sequence in an organic host-guest system of a luminescent polymer and a phosphorescent molecule

  • Basel T
  • Sun D
  • Gautam B
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Abstract

We used steady state optical spectroscopies such as photoluminescence and photoinduced absorption (PA), and magnetic-field PA (MPA) for studying the energy transfer dynamics in films and organic light emitting diodes (OLED) based on host-guest blends with different guest concentrations of the fluorescent polymer poly-[2-methoxy, 5-(2′-ethyl-hexyloxy)phenylene vinylene] (MEHPPV-host), and phosphorescent molecule PtII-tetraphenyltetrabenzoporphyrin [Pt(tpbp); guest]. We show that the energy transfer process between the excited states of the host polymer and guest molecule takes a 'ping-pong' type sequence, because the lowest guest triplet exciton energy, ET(guest), lies higher than that of the host, ET(host). Upon photon excitation the photogenerated singlet excitons in the host polymer chains first undergo a Förster resonant energy transfer process to the guest singlet manifold, which subsequently reaches ET(guest) by intersystem crossing. Because ET(guest)>ET(host) there is a subsequent Dexter type energy transfer from ET(guest) to ET(host). This energy transfer sequence has profound influence on the photoluminescence and electroluminescence emission spectra in both films and OLED devices based on the MEHPPV-Pt(tpbp) system. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Energy transfer
  • Fluorescence
  • Organic light emitting diode
  • Phosphorescence
  • Photo-induced absorption

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Authors

  • Tek Basel

  • Dali Sun

  • Bhoj Gautam

  • Z. Valy Vardeny

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