Characterization of the barrier layers comprised of inorganic compound for organic light emitting device applications

Na Rae Kim, Yang Doo Lee, Jai Kyeong Kim, Sung Woo Hwang, Byeong Kwon Ju

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Currently, the flexible organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) are investigated. They are very vulnerable to moisture, and thus have been found to show some problems. Thus, an effective barrier layer is needed to protect from moisture in air. We deposited thin films with magnesium oxide (MgO) and silicon oxide (SiO2) compounds mixed at various mixture ratios on flexible polyether sulfone (PES) substrates by an electron-beam evaporator to investigate their applizability for transparent barrier applications. In this study, we found that as the MgO fraction increased, thin films comprised of MgO and SiO2 compounds became more amorphous and their surface morphologies become smoother and denser. In addition, zirconium oxide (ZrO2) was added to the above-mentioned compound mixtures. ZrO2 made thin mixture films more amorphous and made the surface morphology denser and more uniform. The water vapor transmission rates (WVTRs) of the whole films decreased rapidly. The best WVTR was obtained by depositing thin films of Mg-Si-Zr-O compound among the whole thin films. As the thin mixture films became more amorphous, and the surface morphology become denser and more uniform, the WVTRs decreased. Therefore, the thin mixture films became more suitable for flexible OLED applications as transparent passivation layers against moisture in air.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Information Display
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Inorganic layer
  • Organic light-emitting devices (oleds)
  • Passivation
  • Water vapor transmission rates (wvtrs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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