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541443 Sigma-Aldrich


average Mn 40,000-70,000

Synonym: MEH-PPV



Related Categories Donor Materials, Light-Emitting Polymers (LEPs), Materials Science, OLED and PLED Materials, Organic Field Effect Transistor (OFET) Materials,
Quality Level   100
description   Band gap: 2.3 eV
mol wt   average Mn 40,000-70,000
fluorescence   λex 493 nm; λem 554 nm in toluene
Orbital energy   HOMO -5.3 eV 
  LUMO -3 eV 
OLED Device Performance   ITO/PEDOT:PSS/MEH-PPV/Al
• Color: orange-red
• Max. Luminance: 220 Cd/m2
• Max. EQE: 0.3 %
• Turn-On Voltage: 3.8 V
• Color: orange-red
• Max. Luminance: 970 Cd/m2
• Max. EQE: 1.9 %
• Turn-On Voltage: 2.9 V
• Color: orange-red
• Max. Luminance: 1400 Cd/m2
• Max. EQE: 2.5 %
• Turn-On Voltage: 2.8 V
OPV Device Performance   ITO/MEH-PPV/BBL/Al
• Short-circuit current density (Jsc): 1.98 mA/cm2
• Open-circuit voltage (Voc): 0.93 V
• Fill Factor (FF): 0.47
• Power Conversion Efficiency (PCE): 1.1 %
• Short-circuit current density (Jsc): 2 mA/cm2
• Open-circuit voltage (Voc): 0.8 V
• Fill Factor (FF): 0.25
• Power Conversion Efficiency (PCE): 1.5 %
Mw/Mn   ~6
storage temp.   2-8°C


General description

MEH-PPV is a conducting organic semiconductor which has low molecular weight and hydrophobic characteristics. It is a poly(phenylenevinylene) (PPV) derivative and a conjugating polymer with highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) below the fermi level of gold.

Light-emitting conjugated polymer.


Organic Semiconductor Laser Materials

Conducting polymer in solar cells and carbon nanotube OLEDs. Useful in producing bright and efficient white polymeric light emitting diodes.
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MEH-PPV can form a nanocomposite with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by spin coating that can be used for H2S gas sensors. It can also be used as a conducting polymer which results in the formation of a low-cost dopant free hole transporting material (HTM) for the fabrication of perovskite solar cells with a power efficiency of 9.65%. MEH-PPV can be blended with PCPDTBT for use as a sensitizer for dye sensitized photo sensors (DSPS).


1 g in glass bottle

250 mg in glass insert

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

Personal Protective Equipment 
NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Flash Point(F) 
Not applicable
Flash Point(C) 
Not applicable

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What is the solubility of Product 541443, Poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]?
Per our quality control testing, this product is soluble in toluene with heat and sonication at a concentration of 0.02 g/L.
What is the glass transition temperature (Tg) of Product 541443, Poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]?
Unfortunately, the glass transition temperature (Tg) is not determined for this product.
Can Product 541443, Poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene], efficiently convert light to electricity?
The polyphenylenevinylene (PPV) polymers themselves do not convert light to electricity very efficiently.They need to be blended with an electron transport material. The best material for this is a fullerene material called [6,6]-Phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM, offered as #684430, 684449, 684457). There are several references that discuss polymer-fullerene heterojunctions.One paper on this subject is Brabec, C.J.; et. al. Applied Physics Letters, 80, 1288 (2002).
Does Product 541443, Poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene], contain a dopant?
This product does not contain a dopant.
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