This year, the 14th European Conference on Molecular Electronics (ECME) will be
held in Dresden on August 29 – September 2, 2017. Important date to remember and of course consider is the deadline for the Call for Papers, which is March 31, 2017. Please check it out to learn more about the different topics the conference will cover. The event already has a broad and exciting collection of invited speakers and now it is looking for your contribution to turn it into a great and vivid week of molecular electronics science.
In a recent collaboration with our colleagues at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF), we have developed polymers that show thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) properties with high efficiency. This work has now been published in Advanced Functional Materials under the title: Conjugation-Induced Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF): From Conventional Non-TADF Units to TADF-Active Polymers. Interestingly, the monomer building block does not show TADF but rather only phosphorescence. Hence, the TADF property is induced as a consequence of increased conjugation during polymer formation. Ultimately, the singlet-triplet splitting is reduced in the polymer to allow for TADF. The emitter shows sky-blue emission with roughly 70% PLQY. This report includes the synthesis of the monomer and polymer materials, quantum chemical calculations and a detailed photo-physical characterization.
In this paper entitled ‘Transparent and color-tunable organic light-emitting diodes with highly balanced emission to both sides‘ we demonstrate transparent, two-color, stacked OLEDs that allow for balanced top- and bottom-emission. Making use of ultra thin, composite metal electrodes, this design avoids the use of ITO, such that this architecture can be transferred to flexible substrates. Careful optical design made it possible that the luminance of the device is virtually identical to both viewing directions, which is a great improvement over many earlier device layouts.
Ramon Springer joined the group of Prof. Jang Hyuk Kwon (Department of Information Display, Kyung Hee University, South Korea) to carry out a Master thesis topic within the international Masters course Organic and Molecular Electronics (OME) at the TU Dresden. His thesis task was to develop a white-light emitting, multiple OLED stack based on blue and yellow units to be used in AMOLED displays. Here, aside from the optimization of device efficiency, the color quality and angular stability were parameters to be optimized. His work led to a recent publication in Optics Express entitled “Cool white light-emitting three stack OLED structures for AMOLED display applications“. Congratulations to a very successful research stay abroad.
Our new paper entitled “Adjustable white-light emission from a photo-structured micro-OLED array” published in Light: Science & Applications discusses an approach towards micro-OLED arrays made of differently emitting sub pixels without non-emissive areas. This is achieved using orthogonal lithography techniques in a way that only the first OLED unit is structured while the next one to follow is made in a “fill-the-gap” approach. In this conceptual demonstration, we pair blue and yellow OLEDs in a stripe layout, which can be addressed individually for complete color tunability. Feature sizes of the stripes are down to 20 micrometer.
Its the last day of MRS Spring 2016 and still we are by far not done with our Symposium EP1: Organic Excitonic Systems and Devices. We have a full day of oral presentations split into two major sessions.
EP1.7: Advanced Organic Devices and Modeling
As the title indicates, some new concepts for devices based on organic materials will be central in this session. This is complemented by some efforts on modeling. Keywords for this session are:
- Stretchable electronic structures
- Modeling exciton and polaron dynamics for transient EL in OLEDs
- Nanoscale electrical inhomogeneities in OLEDs
- Visible light communications with organic systems
- Method to predict interface barriers in OLED layers
- Rare-earth up-conversion composites for PV
Our invited speaker in the morning is Graham A. Turnbull. Note: Franky So was not able to come to Phoenix, so that his presentation is cancelled. Klaus Meerholz had his talk already late last night.
EP1.8: Excitonic Charge Transfer States
Our final look in this last session is on charge transfer states and related phenomena. Most naturally, this is the time, where we will have presentations that are closer to photovoltaic properties than in the days before. Actually, this session closes the loop to the first sessions of the week, where we were guided a lot by internal charge transfer states in TADF materials.
Here are some details to the post-lunch session:
- Enhancing exciton dissociation rates at heterojunctions using FRET
- CT state transport at donor-acceptor blends
- Magnetic field modulation of exciton recombination
- Tailoring interfaces using additive engineering
- Generation and modulation of chi^2 optical non-linearities
- Printing highly efficient solution processed solar cells
- Multiple CT states in ordered and disordered systems
Max Shtein will be our invited speaker of the afternoon session.
See you around!
This afternoon, we are progressing with the general scheme of topics with the session EP1.5 Excitons in Organic and Hybrid Systems II of our Symposium EP1. Important: We have one additional speaker in the afternoon: Klaus Meerholz – his talk got shifted from Friday to this session. The following topics we will see:
- NIR EL from surface plasmons
- Area light-emitting transistors
- Multiple FRET pathways
- Topological phases in organic materials
- Manipulating Excitons with plasmonic nanoantennas
- Singlet exciton fission
- Real time exciton diffusion mapping
- Organic memory devices
Our invited speakers for the afternoon are Jana Zaumseil, Joel Yuen-Zhou, Gleb M. Akselrod, and Klaus Meerholz.
See you in a bit!