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16 February 2004 Multicolor polymeric OLEDs by solution processing
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Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) have recently attracted much interest among researchers as well as engineers as promising high quality self-emissive displays for all kinds of portable devices such as cellular phones, personal organisers, etc. While monochrome operation is sufficient for some applications, ultimately multi-color devices such as signs or even RGB (red, green, blue) matrix displays will be requested by the customer in the future. So far, this goal has been achieved with small-molecule devices fabricated by vacuum deposition. In contrast, electroluminescent (EL) polymers, which are commonly deposited by solution processing, seemed to be only poorly suited for this purpose owing to the lack of high-resolution patterning processes. Recent attempts, therefore, focus on the adaptation of common printing techniques such as screen printing and ink jetting, both having severe technical difficulties and drawbacks, such as limited resolution in the former and wetting issues in the latter case requiring extensive pre-treatment of the substrates. We demonstrate the use of a new class of EL polymers, which can be applied similar to a standard photoresist. Soluble polymers with oxetane sidegroups were crosslinked photochemically to yield insoluble polymer networks in the desired areas. The resolution of the process is sufficient to fabricate common pixelated matrix displays. Consecutive deposition of the three colors yielded a RGB device with efficiencies comparable to state-of-the-art EL polymers, even slightly reduced onset voltages, and improved efficiencies at high luminance levels. The improved thermal and morphological stability promises better performance in passive-matrix displays requiring high drive currents. The new method potentially allows efficient manufacturing of high-resolution multi-color polymer-based displays on large area using common lithography techniques.
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C. David Muller, Nina Reckefuss, Paula Santi Rudati, Klaus Meerholz, Heinrich Becker, Aurelie Falcou, Susanne Heun, Juergen Steiger, Markus Rojahn, Valorie Wiederhirn, and Oskar Nuyken "Multicolor polymeric OLEDs by solution processing", Proc. SPIE 5214, Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices VII, (16 February 2004);


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