Excitation energy transfer in organic materials: From fundamentals to optoelectronic devices

Frédéric Laquai*, Young Seo Park, Jang Joo Kim, Thomas Basché

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In this review, we discuss investigations of electronic excitation energy transfer in conjugated organic materials at the bulk and single molecule level and applications of energy transfer in fluorescent and phosphorescent organic light emitting devices. A brief overview of common descriptions of energy transfer mechanisms is given followed by a discussion of some basic photophysics of conjugated materials including the generation of excited states and their subsequent decay through various channels. In particular, various examples of bimolecular excited state annihilation processes are presented. Energy transfer studies at the single molecule level provide a new tool to study electronic couplings in simple donor/acceptor dyads and conjugated polymers. Finally, energy transfer in organic electronic devices is discussed with particular emphasis on triplet emitter doped OLEDs and blends for white light emission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1203-1231
Number of pages29
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 16 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjugated polymers
  • Electronic energy transfer
  • Light-emitting diodes (LED)
  • Organic electronics
  • Photophysics
  • Single molecule spectroscopy (SMS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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