Development of Dendrimers: Macromolecules for Use in Organic Light-Emitting Diodes and Solar Cells

Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Chemistry Research Laboratory, 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TA, United Kingdom.
Chemical Reviews (Impact Factor: 46.57). 05/2007; 107(4):1097-116. DOI: 10.1021/cr050136l
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The organic materials used in electronic and optoelectronic devices fall into two groups: small molecules and polymers. The former are typically deposited by vapor methods in low or high vacuum environments and have a well-defined molecular weight. The latter must be processed from solution and have a molecular weight distribution that is described by the polydispersity of the materials, giving polymers good glass-forming and mechanical properties. Dendrimers are a class of materials that in some ways fall between molecular and polymeric materials. This paper discusses the construction of dendrimers, including the use of the core-branch structure of dendrimers to control the properties of the materials on the nanometer scale as well as their use in organic light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar cells.

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    • "Recently, much effort has been devoted to the development of new amorphous non-doped materials possessing high morphological stability [4] [5]. Dendrimer is as an alternative class of amorphous molecular electroluminescent (EL) materials [6]. Unlike small molecules and polymers, the prettiness of dendrimers is that their light emission can be finely tuned by the selection of the core, solubility can be adjusted by selecting the proper surface groups and level of intermolecular interactions can be controlled by the type and generations of the dendrons employed, that are vital part to OLEDs performance [7] [8]. "
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    • "However, simple oligothiophenes have poor solubility and hence a propensity to aggregate. Thus, in this work we have attached dendrons with suitable surface groups onto the ends of the pentathiophene to make them solution processable (Fig. 1) [14] [15]. Dendronisation of the organic chromophore can also control the level of spectral broadening in the solid-state [16], which as stated earlier is highly desirable for image sensors; particularly those designed for machine vision applications [12] [13] [16]. "
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    • "The structural characterization of these highly complex structures and their interaction mechanisms are ongoing challenges. Dendrimers, spherical and mono-disperse polymers with a tree-like or generational structure, have generated a tremendous interest for many applications ranging from materials science to biomedical applications [6] [7] [8]. Dendrimers have internal cavities and functional end groups which can interact with small molecules increasing their solubilities. "
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