Luminescent properties of a water-soluble conjugated polymer incorporating graphene-oxide quantum dots

Penglei Li, Francesco Di Stasio, Goki Eda, Oliver Fenwick, Shane O. McDonnell, Harry L. Anderson, Manish Chhowalla, Franco Cacialli

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We report the incorporation of graphene-oxide quantum dots (GOQDs) into films, diluted solutions, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as part of a water-soluble derivative of poly(p-phenylene vinylene), or PDV.Li, to investigate their impact on the light-emission properties of this model conjugated polymer. Despite the well-known ability of graphene and graphene oxide to quench the photoluminescence of nearby emitters, we find that the addition of GOQDs to diluted solutions of PDV.Li does not significantly affect the photoluminescence (PL) dynamics of PDV.Li, bringing about only a modest quenching of the PL. However, loading the polymer with GOQDs led to a substantial decrease in the turn-on voltage of LEDs based on GOQD-PDV.Li composites. This effect can be attributed to either the improved morphology of the host polymer, resulting in an increase in the charge mobility, or the enhanced injection through GOQDs near the electrodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1258-1262
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 27 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


  • LEDs
  • blends
  • graphene
  • photophysics
  • rotaxanes


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