In this study, we report the light-emitting assistance effect of perylene on a polymer electrochemiluminescence (ECL) device using poly(3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3OT). An ECL device is a liquid type self-luminous device with a simple structure, and can be fabricated by a relatively easy procedure. Significant improvement in luminescence properties was confirmed when 1.0 wt % perylene was added to the ECL device using 3.0 wt % P3OT. Improvements of about 12 times of the maximum luminescence intensity and about 23 times of the light-emitting time ratio compared with that of a P3OT ECL device were obtained. We conclude that the light-emitting assistance of perylene is achieved by perylene radical ions shuttling electrons to P3OT while they are moving around in the emitting solution. The light-emitting assistance effect of perylene was also confirmed when poly(3-dodecylthiophene-2,5-diyl), which has almost identical electrochemical and photophysical characteristics to those of P3OT, was used instead of P3OT.
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