Star-shaped oligofluorene nanostructured blend materials: controlled micro-patterning and physical characteristics

M. Wu, E. Gu, A. Zarowna, A.L. Kanibolotsky, A.J.C. Kuehne, A.R. Mackintosh, P.R. Edwards, O.J. Rolinski, P.J. Skabara, R.W. Martin, R.A. Pethrick, D.J.S. Birch, M.D. Dawson

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Star-shaped oligofluorene consists of highly-fluorescent macromolecules of considerable interest for organic electronics. Here, we demonstrate controlled micro-patterning of these organic nanostructured molecules by blending them with custom-synthesized photo-curable aliphatic polymer matrices to facilitate solventless inkjet printing. The printed microstructures are spherical with minimum dimensions of 12 μm diameter and 1 μm height when using a cartridge delivering ∼1 pL droplets. We evaluate the physical characteristics of the printed structures. Photoluminescence studies indicate that the blend materials possess similar fluorescence properties to neat materials in solid films or toluene solution. The fluorescence lifetime consists of two components, respectively 0.68±0.01 ns (τ 1) and 1.23±0.12 ns (τ 2). This work demonstrates that inkjet printing of such blends provides an attractive method of handling fluorescent nano-scaled molecules for photonic and optoelectronic applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2009


  • fluorene derivative polymer
  • aromatic polymer
  • conjugated polymer
  • optical properties
  • star polymer
  • oligomer
  • fluorescence
  • photoluminescence
  • ink jet printing
  • vinyl ether polymer
  • patterning
  • polymer blends
  • nanostructure


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