Polymer-based tris(2-phenylpyridine)iridium complexes

Xian Yong Wang, Rupesh Narayan Prabhu, Russell H. Schmehl, Marcus Weck

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A series of fac-Ir(ppy) 3 complex functionalized poly(styrene)s and poly(N-vinylcarbazole)-co-poly(styrene)s were synthesized. The emission wavelength of all polymers could be readily tuned from 550 to 515 nm by reducing the linkage of the Ir complex to the polymer backbones from a Schiff base to an amine. The reduced polymers retained the photophysical properties of the corresponding small molecule fac-Ir(ppy) 3, including transient absorption behaviors, high emission quantum yields (0.12-0.23), and long excited-state lifetimes (963-1221 ns). These results clearly indicate that the polymer backbones do not interfere with the photophysical properties of the pendant fac-Ir(ppy) 3 chromophore but endow solution processability to these materials for potential use in light-emitting devices and emissive display technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3140-3146
Number of pages7
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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