Synthesis and characterization of rod-coil polymers based on poly(ethylene oxide)s and novel luminescent aromatic cores

Hong-Cheu Lin*, Kuan Wei Lee, Chien Min Tsai, Kung-Hwa Wei

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Abstract

A novel conjugated aromatic core containing direct-coupled fluorene, thiophene, and biphenyl groups via Suzuki coupling reaction was synthesized. The asymmetrical molecules contain two kinds of poly-(ethylene oxide)s (PEO, M n = 750 and 2000, n = 17 and 44) on one side of the rigid cores. Asymmetrical FOC8PEO17 and FOC16PEO 17 contain flexible PEO chains (n = 17) displaying the smectic phases. However, FOC8PEO44 and FOC16PEO 44 consisting of flexible PEO chains (n = 44) exhibit two kinds of columnar phases, Colh and Colr. Besides, alkoxy groups with different lengths (-OC8H17and -OC16H 33) on both sides of the rigid cores were used as another flexible chain to form symmetrical molecules. Symmetrical FOC8 and FOC 16 exhibit the nematic and smectic mesophases, respectively. Optical textures (POM) and XRD patterns have confirmed the structure of the mesophases and the molecular arrangements. The photophysical characteristics of all luminescent compounds were studied by photoluminescence and UV-vis absorption. In addition, a series of double-layered PLED devices with the configuration of PVK:emitters(100:8 by weight)/TPBI/MgAg/Ag were fabricated and investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3808-3816
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecules
Volume39
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 May 2006

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