Molecular-Reductant-Induced Control of a Graphene-Organic Interface for Electron Injection

Fengyu Zhang, Chen Klein, Elena Longhi, Stephen Barlow, Seth R. Marder, Gabby Sarusi, Antoine Kahn

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Surface doping of graphene with redox-active molecules is an effective approach to tune its electrical properties, in particular for application as transparent electrodes. Here we present a study and application of surface n-doping of graphene with the molecular reductant (pentamethylcyclopentadienyl)(1,3,5-trimethylbenzene)ruthenium dimer ([RuCp*Mes]2). Photoemission spectroscopy and carrier-transport measurements are combined to investigate doping-induced changes in the electronic structure of the interface between graphene and phenyldi(pyren-2-yl)phosphine oxide (POPy2), which is a low-electron-affinity material that has been used as an electron-transport layer (ETL) in organic light-emitting diodes. Photoemission and Hall voltage measurements confirm the n-doping of graphene. Doping with 1-2 nm of [RuCp*Mes]2 reduces the graphene work function by 1.8 eV and the electron injection barrier by more than 1 eV, enhancing electron injection into POPy2 by several orders of magnitude. Graphene/POPy2/Al diodes with doped graphene cathodes exhibit reasonable stability in both nitrogen and air. These results represent a significant step toward the use of graphene as a transparent cathode for organic devices in general and for OLEDs in particular.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6624-6632
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 10 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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