SWIR Photodetection and Visualization Realized by Incorporating an Organic SWIR Sensitive Bulk Heterojunction

Ning Li, Zhaojue Lan, Ying Suet Lau, Jiajun Xie, Dahui Zhao*, Fu Rong Zhu*

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Short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) photodetection and visualization has profound impacts on different applications. In this work, a large-area organic SWIR photodetector (PD) that is sensitive to SWIR light over a wavelength range from 1000 to 1600 nm and a SWIR visualization device that is capable of upconverting SWIR to visible light are developed. The organic SWIR PD, comprising an organic SWIR sensitive blend of a near-infrared polymer and a nonfullerene n-type small molecule SWIR dye, demonstrates an excellent capability for real-time heart rate monitoring, offering an attractive opportunity for portable and wearable healthcare gadgets. The SWIR-to-visible upconversion device is also demonstrated by monolithic integration of an organic SWIR PD and a perovskite light-emitting diode, converting SWIR (1050 nm) to visible light (516 nm). The most important attribute of the SWIR visualizing device is its solution fabrication capability for large-area SWIR detection and visualization at a low cost. The results are very encouraging, revealing the exciting large-area SWIR photodetection and visualization for a plethora of applications in environmental pollution, surveillance, bioimaging, medical, automotive, food, and wellness monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000444
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number14
Early online date29 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • organic photodetectors
  • solution fabrication
  • SWIR photodetection
  • SWIR visualization


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