Photo-oxidation of poly(p-phenylenevinylene)

Kezhao Z. Xing, Nicklas Johansson, Graham Beamson, David T. Clark, Jean Luc Brédas, William R. Salaneck

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Communication: The operating lifetime of light-emitting devices (LEDs) based on poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV), one of the most widely used conjugated polymers for polymer-based LEDs, is sensitive to air exposure. The effects associated with the photo-oxidation of PPV in air are examined. Possible photo-induced oxidation products are proposed based on simulations, using stilbene as a model compound. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ultraviolet photo-electron spectroscopy, and quantum-chemical calculations all indicate that a series of photo-oxidation products form on the surface of the PPV thin films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1027-1031
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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