Open Access Nano Perspectives

Electroluminescent Characteristics of DBPPV–ZnO Nanocomposite Polymer Light Emitting Devices

MV Madhava Rao*, YanKuin Su, TsungSyun Huang, Chen-Han Yeh and Ming-Lung Tu

Author Affiliations

Institute of Microelectronics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, 701, Taiwan, ROC

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4:485-490  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9261-6

Published: 18 February 2009

Abstract

We have demonstrated that fabrication and characterization of nanocomposite polymer light emitting devices with metal Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles and 2,3-dibutoxy-1,4-poly(phenylenevinylene) (DBPPV). The current and luminance characteristics of devices with ZnO nanoparticles are much better than those of device with pure DBPPV. Optimized maximum luminance efficiencies of DBPPV–ZnO (3:1 wt%) before annealing (1.78 cd/A) and after annealing (2.45 cd/A) having a brightness 643 and 776 cd/m2at a current density of 36.16 and 31.67 mA/cm2are observed, respectively. Current density–voltage and brightness–voltage characteristics indicate that addition of ZnO nanoparticles can facilitate electrical injection and charge transport. The thermal annealing is thought to result in the formation of an interfacial layer between emissive polymer film and cathode.

Keywords:
Polymer light emitting devices; Electroluminescent; ZnO nanoparticle; Surface morphology; Thermal annealing