Suppression of Polyfluorene Photo-Oxidative Degradation via Encapsulation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Kyle A. Luck, Heather N. Arnold, Tejas A. Shastry, Tobin J. Marks*, Mark C. Hersam

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Polyfluorenes have achieved noteworthy performance in organic electronic devices but exhibit undesired green band emission under photo-oxidative conditions that have limited their broad utility in optoelectronic applications. In addition, polyfluorenes are well-known dispersants of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), although the influence of SWCNTs on polyfluorene photo-oxidative stability has not yet been defined. Here we quantitatively explore the photophysical properties of poly[(9,9-bis(3-(N,N-dimethylamino)propyl)-2,7-fluorene)-alt-2,7-(9,9-dioctylfluorene)] (PFN) under photo-oxidative conditions when it is in van der Waals contact with SWCNTs. Photoluminescence spectroscopy tracks the spectral evolution of the polymer emission following ambient ultraviolet (UV) exposure, confirming that PFN exhibits green band emission. In marked contrast, PFN-wrapped SWCNTs possess high spectral stability without green band emission under the same ambient UV exposure conditions. By investigating a series of PFN thin films as a function of SWCNT content, it is shown that SWCNT loadings as low as ∼23 wt % suppress photo-oxidative degradation. These findings suggest that PFN-SWCNT composites provide an effective pathway toward utilizing polyfluorenes in organic optoelectronics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4223-4229
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 20 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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