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Product Code M542-250mg
Price £230 ex. VAT

MEH-PPV, device fabricator with high solubility

High quality and high purity (>99%) semiconducting polymer

Specifications | Pricing and Options | MSDS | Literature and Reviews

Poly[2-methoxy-5-(2’-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV), CAS number 138184-36-8, is a PPV derivative that is particularly favourable for device fabrication due to its great solubility in most of the common organic solvents owing to its asymmetric side chains. To date, MEH-PPV is possibly one of the most celebrated and studied polymer semiconductors, recognising its applications in OPV, OFETs, polymer light-emitting diodes (PLED) and perovskite solar cells.

The first example of a polymer solar cell with a convincing understanding of the physics and chemistry involved was the bilayer heterojunction cell utilising the soluble polymer MEH-PPV and the Buckminsterfullerene C60 where a power conversion efficiency of 0.04% was obtained using monochromatic light.[1, 2]

General Information

CAS number 138184-36-8
Chemical formula (C18H28O2)n
Absorption* λmax 493 nm (toluene)
HOMO/LUMO HOMO = 5.3 eV, LUMO = 3.0 eV
Full name
Solubility Toluene or chlorobenzene
Classification / Family PPV derivatives, Hole-injection layer materials, Hole transport layer materials; Polymer light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), Organic photovoltaics (OPVs), Organic electronics

* Measurable with an optical spectrometer, see our spectrometer application notes.

Product Details

Purity >99%
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) 371 °C (5% weight loss)
Appearance Red fibers/powder

Chemical Structure

Chemical structure of MEH-PPV
Chemical structure of MEH-PPV

Device Structure(s)

Device structure ITO/Al/PFNBrBTDZ05*/MEH-PPV/Au [3]
Colour Orange-Red
Max. EQE 2.71%
Max. Current Efficiency 1.6 cd/A
Device structure ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PPF-3,7SO10* (100 wt%):P-PPV (0.8 wt%): MEH–PPV (0.5 wt%)/Ba/Al [4]
Colour White
Max. EQE 6.9%
Max. Current Efficiency 14.0 cd/A
Max. Power Efficiency 7.6 lm W1
Device structure ITO/CFx/MEH-PPV/Ca/Al, ca [5]
Colour Orange-Red
Max. Luminance 24,000 cd/m2
Max. Current Efficiency 5.1 cd/A
Device structure ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PFO:0.25 wt% MEH-PPV/Cs2CO3/Al [6]
Colour White
Max. EQE 6%
Max. Current Efficiency 11.2 cd/A
Max. Power Efficiency 16 lm W1
Device structure ITO/PEDOT/PVK:polyTPD (1:1 wt%) 50 nm/PFO:MEH-PPV*(95.5:0.5 wt%) 70 nm/Ca/Al [7]
Colour White
Max. Luminance ~ 5,000 cd/m2
Max. Current Efficiency 3.15 cd/A
Device structure ITO/PEDOT (30 nm)/ poly-TPD(40 nm)/ DNA-CTMA*(20 nm)/ PFO:MEH-PPV (70 nm)/Cs2CO3(1 – 2 nm)/Al [8]
Colour White
Max. Luminance 10,500 cd/m2
Max. Current Efficiency 10 cd/A
Device structure ITO/MEH-PPV/TPBI doped by 10 wt % Cs2CO3/Cs2CO3/Ca/Al [9]
Colour Orange-Red
Max. EQE 2.2%
Max. Luminance 62,000 cd/m2
Max. Current Efficiency 5.7 cd/A

*For chemical structure informations please refer to the cited references.


Batch Quantity Price
M542 250 mg £230
M542 500 mg £400
M542 1 g £740

Batch information

Batch Mw Mn PDI Stock info
M541 372,942 72,485 5.15 Discontinued
M542 210,000 53,850 3.90 Out of stock

MSDS Documentation


Literature and Reviews

  1. Photoinduced electron-transfer from a conducting polymer to buckminsterfullerene, N. Sariciftci et al., Science, 258, 1474–1476 (1992).
  2. Semiconducting polymer—buckminsterfullerene heterojunctions—diodes, photodiodes and photovoltaic cells, N. Sariciftci et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 62, 585–587 (1993).
  3. High-efficiency inverted top-emitting polymer light-emitting diodes, L. Hou et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 87, 153509 (2005); doi: 10.1063/1.2099528 .
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