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Long range energy transfer in conjugated polymer sequential bilayers

Cury, L.A.; Bourdakos, K.N.; Dai, D.; Dias, F.B.; Monkman, A.P.

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L.A. Cury

K.N. Bourdakos

D. Dai


Steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence have been used to investigate the optical properties of bilayer and blend films made from poly(9,9-dioctyl-fluorene-2,7-diyl) (PFO) and poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH PPV). Energy transfer has been observed in both systems. From steady-state photoluminescence measurements, the energy transfer was characterized by the effective enhancement of the MEH PPV emission intensity after exciting the donor states. Relatively faster decays for the PFO donor emission have been observed in the blends as well as in the bilayer structures, confirming effective energy transfer in both structures. In contrast to the bilayers, the time decay of the acceptor emission in the blends presents a long decay component, which was assigned to the exciplex formation in these samples. For the blends the acceptor emission is in fact a composition of exciplex and MEH PPV emissions, the later being due to Forster energy transfer from PFO. In the bilayers, the exciplex is not observed and temperature dependence photoluminescence measurements show that exciton migration has no significant contribution to the energy transfer. The efficiency and very long range of the energy transfer in the bilayers is explained assuming a surface-surface interaction geometry where the donor/acceptor distances involved are much longer than the common Forster radius.


Cury, L., Bourdakos, K., Dai, D., Dias, F., & Monkman, A. (2011). Long range energy transfer in conjugated polymer sequential bilayers. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 134(10), Article 104903.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2011
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2012
Publicly Available Date Sep 26, 2012
Journal Journal of Chemical Physics
Print ISSN 0021-9606
Electronic ISSN 1089-7690
Publisher American Institute of Physics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 134
Issue 10
Article Number 104903
Keywords Time-resolved photoluminescence, Light-emitting-diodes, Films, Blends, Electroluminescence, Heterojunctions, Migration, Emission.


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© 2011 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Cury, L.A. and Bourdakos, K.N. and Dai, D. and Dias, F.B. and Monkman, A.P. (2011) 'Long range energy transfer in conjugated polymer sequential bilayers.', Journal of chemical physics., 134 (10). p. 104903 and may be found at

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