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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017 Feb 15;9(6):5399-5408. doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b15404. Epub 2017 Feb 3.

Extremely High Barrier Performance of Organic-Inorganic Nanolaminated Thin Films for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.

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Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University , Seoul 04763, Republic of Korea.
Display Research Center, Samsung Display , Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 17113, Republic of Korea.


This work presents a novel barrier thin film based on an organic-inorganic nanolaminate, which consists of alternating nanolayers of self-assembled organic layers (SAOLs) and Al2O3. The SAOLs-Al2O3 nanolaminated films were deposited using a combination of molecular layer deposition and atomic layer deposition techniques at 80 °C. Modulation of the relative thickness ratio of the SAOLs and Al2O3 enabled control over the elastic modulus and stress in the films. Furthermore, the SAOLs-Al2O3 thin film achieved a high degree of mechanical flexibility, excellent transmittance (>95%), and an ultralow water-vapor transmission rate (2.99 × 10-7 g m-2 day-1), which represents one of the lowest permeability levels ever achieved by thin film encapsulation. On the basis of its outstanding barrier properties with high flexibility and transparency, the nanolaminated film was applied to a commercial OLEDs panel as a gas-diffusion barrier film. The results showed defect propagation could be significantly inhibited by incorporating the SAOLs layers, which enhanced the durability of the panel.


atomic layer deposition; gas-diffusion barriers; molecular layer deposition; organic-light emitting diodes; organic−inorganic nanolaminate


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