Aryl-Annulated [3,2- a] Carbazole-Based Deep-Blue Soluble Emitters for High-Efficiency Solution-Processed Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with CIE y <0.1

Jinhyo Hwang, Chang Woo Koh, Jung Min Ha, Han Young Woo, Sungnam Park, Min Ju Cho, Dong Hoon Choi

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Abstract

In this study, we demonstrated two deep-blue TADF emitters, BO-tCzPhICz and BO-tCzDICz, for solution-processable thermally activated delayed fluorescence organic light-emitting diodes (TADF-OLEDs). They were synthesized by employing an organoboron acceptor and 9-(3,6-di-tert-butyl-9H-carbazol-9-yl)-5-phenyl-5,12-dihydroindolo[3,2-a]carbazole (tCzPhICz) and 12-(3,6-di-tert-butyl-9H-carbazol-9-yl)-15H-diindolo[2,3-b:1′,2′,3′-lm]carbazole (tCzDICz) as bulky aryl-annulated [3,2-a] carbazole donors, respectively. Both emitters showed sufficient solubility in organic solvents, narrow deep-blue emission, and small energy difference (ΔEST) between singlet and triplet states, which can be applied to solution-processable deep-blue TADF-OLEDs. Solution-processed OLEDs exploiting these TADF emitters displayed deep-blue electroluminescence with CIEy <0.1, and high external quantum efficiencies of 17.8 and 14.8% were observed for BO-tCzPhICz and BO-tCzDICz, respectively. The emitter bearing bulky ICz-based donating units shows highly promising potential for high-efficiency solution-processable deep-blue TADF-OLEDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61454-61462
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume13
Issue number51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 29

Keywords

  • deep-blue emitter
  • donor engineering
  • organic light-emitting diode
  • solution-process
  • thermally activated delayed fluorescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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