The influences of biologically synthesized gold nanoparticles (bio-GNPs) and ultra thin silver layer (UTSL) on the polymer light emitting diodes (PLEDs) are investigated for the first time. The performance of the fabricated PLEDs is enhanced by embedding of bio-GNPs into the hole transport layer (HTL). Furthermore, the tailored device architecture containing UTSL increases the electron transport through lightning rod effect. Bio-GNPs are successfully produced as spherical shape with size of circa 10.4 nm. Poly[2-metho xy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene (MEH-PPV) and [poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly (styrenesulfonate); (PEDOT:PSS)/bio-GNPs blends are used as an active layer and HTL, respectively. Novel PLEDs fabricated with 0.125 wt% bio-GNPs/PEDOT:PSS and 0.5 nm UTSL exhibit nearly 2.5-fold enhancement in the device efficiency. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.