Electrogenerated chemiluminescence of conjugated polymer films from patterned electrodes

Song Guo*, Omar Fabian, Ya Lan Chang, Jiun-Tai Chen, William M. Lackowski, Paul F. Barbara

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A new phenomenon is presented in which electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) is generated and propagates laterally as self-reinforcing waves as a result of the oxidation of a poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) thin film. In an ordered array of Au electrode posts that act as effective ECL nucleation sites, soliton-like waves were observed to expand from each site and annihilate upon collision with each other. Simulations of the ECL response supported the experimental observations that the ECL waves propagate at a constant speed. A correlated diffusion mechanism involving the correlated motion of ions, injected holes, and solvent molecules is proposed to interpret the experimental data qualitatively. A rapid increase in the diffusion coefficient of these species in the polymer results in a sharp interface between non-oxidized and oxidized polymer phases wherein the electrochemical (EC) oxidation and mass transport of all pertinent species take place. EC oxidation of conjugated polymers of this type has important implications for the understanding of these materials and their modes of operation in EC conjugated polymer devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11994-12000
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number31
StatePublished - 10 Aug 2011

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