Highly flexible and solution-processed organic photodiodes and their application to optical luminescent oxygen sensors

Chang Jin Lim, Jin Hoon Kim, Jin Woo Park

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We present a solution-processed flexible organic photodiode (f-OPD) with a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) structure based on a blend of poly (3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) and 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl) propyl-1-phenyl[6,6]C61 (P3HT:PCBM). We used Cs2CO3-doped polyethyleneimine ethoxylated (d-PEIE) as the electron transport layer (ETL) material, which significantly improved the electron injection properties of the f-OPD. Compared with f-OPDs with conventional ETL materials such as Cs2CO3, the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of the d-PEIE-based f-OPD was highly improved. Analytical results showed that the d-PEIE reduced the work function of the cathode, thereby facilitating the efficiency of electron injection from the active layer (AL) to the cathode of the f-OPD. In addition, after 10,000 cycles of tensile bending at a bending radius of 5 mm, the normalized ID variation (ID/ID0) in the d-PEIE-based f-OPD remained above 90%, indicating an excellent device bending stability. Finally, f-OPD-based luminescent oxygen (O2) sensors were successfully fabricated consisting of a photoluminescent O2 sensing film, a light source, and an f-OPD. The O2 sensors based on d-PEIE-based f-OPDs showed the highest photocurrent and O2 sensitivity in relation to the O2 concentration compared with O2 sensors based on f-OPDs with conventional ETL materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-109
Number of pages10
JournalOrganic Electronics
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by National Research Foundation of Korea , the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (grant number 2018R1A2B6001390 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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