Degradation of organic light emitting diodes by nucleated telephone cord blisters

Akande, Wali O.; Soboyejo, Wole
September 2009
Applied Physics Letters;9/14/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 11, p113304
Academic Journal
This letter presents the results of a study into adhesion-related degradation mechanisms in single layer polymer light emitting diodes with poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] as the active layer. These studies reveal spiral-shaped blister patterns that are associated with rapid degradation of the device. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images of these defects reveal that these patterns are spiral telephone cord failures that form as a result of compressive stresses in the device.


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