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Inverted Device Architecture for Enhanced Performance of Flexible Silicon Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diode

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posted on 05.09.2018, 00:00 by Batu Ghosh, Hiroyuki Yamada, Shanmugavel Chinnathambi, İrem Nur Gamze Özbilgin, Naoto Shirahata
Here we report for the first time highly flexible quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QLEDs), in which a layer of red-emitting colloidal silicon quantum dots (SiQDs) works as the optically active component, by replacing a rigid glass substrate with a thin sheet of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The enhanced optical performance for electroluminescence (EL) at room temperature in air is achieved by taking advantage of the inverted device structure. Our QLEDs do not exhibit parasitic EL emissions from the neighboring compositional layers or surface states of QDs over a wide range of driving voltages and do not exhibit a shift in the EL peak position as the operational voltage increases. Compared to the previous Si-QLEDs with a conventional device structure, our QLED has a longer device operational lifetime and a long-lived EQE value. The currently obtained brightness (∼5000 cd/m2), the 3.1% external quantum efficiency (EQE), and a turn-on voltage as low as 3.5 V are sufficiently high to encourage further developments of Si-QLEDs.

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