Star-shaped oligofluorene nanostructured blend materials: controlled micro-patterning and physical characteristics

Wu, M. et al. (2009) Star-shaped oligofluorene nanostructured blend materials: controlled micro-patterning and physical characteristics. Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, 97(1), pp. 119-123. (doi: 10.1007/s00339-009-5308-x)

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Star-shaped oligofluorene consists of highly-fluorescent macromolecules of considerable interest for organic electronics. Here, we demonstrate controlled micro-patterning of these organic nanostructured molecules by blending them with custom-synthesized photo-curable aliphatic polymer matrices to facilitate solventless inkjet printing. The printed microstructures are spherical with minimum dimensions of 12 μm diameter and 1 μm height when using a cartridge delivering ∼1 pL droplets. We evaluate the physical characteristics of the printed structures. Photoluminescence studies indicate that the blend materials possess similar fluorescence properties to neat materials in solid films or toluene solution. The fluorescence lifetime consists of two components, respectively 0.68±0.01 ns (τ 1) and 1.23±0.12 ns (τ 2). This work demonstrates that inkjet printing of such blends provides an attractive method of handling fluorescent nano-scaled molecules for photonic and optoelectronic applications.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Skabara, Professor Peter
Authors: Wu, M., Gu, E., Zarowna, A., Kanibolotsky, A.L., Kuehne, A.J.C., Mackintosh, A.R., Edwards, P.R., Rolinski, O. J., Perepichka, I.F., Skabara, P. J., Martin, R.W., Pethrick, R.A., Birch, D.J.S., and Dawson, M.D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
ISSN (Online):1432-0630
Published Online:09 July 2009

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