Blue Electrophosphorescence from Iridium(III) Phosphors Bearing Asymmetric Di‐N‐Aryl 6‐(trifluoromethyl)‐2H‐imidazo[4,5‐b]pyridin‐2‐ylidene Chelates

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Author(s)

  • Zi-Qi Feng
  • Dong-Ying Zhou
  • Shek-Man Yiu
  • Yi Pan
  • Liang-Sheng Liao

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number2305273
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Materials
Online published17 Jul 2023
Publication statusOnline published - 17 Jul 2023

Abstract

Efficient blue phosphors remain as the formidable challenges for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). To circumvent this obstacle, a series of Ir(III) based carbene complexes bearing asymmetric di-N-aryl 6-(trifluoromethyl)-2H-imidazo[4,5-b]pyridin-2-ylidene chelates, namely, ƒ-ct6a ‒ c, were synthesized and their structures and photophysical properties were comprehensively investigated. Moreover, these emitters can undergo interconversion in refluxing 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene, catalyzed by a mixture of sodium acetate (NaOAc) and p-toluenesulfonic acid monohydrate (TsOH·H2O) without decomposition. All Ir(III) complexes present good photoluminescence quantum yield (ΦPL = 83 – 88%) with peak maximum (max.) at 443 ‒ 452 nm and narrowed full width at half maximum (FWHM = 66 – 73 nm). Among all fabricated OLED devices, ƒ-ct6b delivered a max. external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 23.4% and Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage CIE(x,y) coordinates of (0.14, 0.12), whereas the hyper-OLED device based on ƒ-ct6a and 5H,9H,11H,15H-[1,4] benzazaborino [2,3,4-kl][1,4]benzazaborino[4′,3′,2′:4,5][1,4]benzazaborino[3,2-b]phenazaborine-7,13-diamine, N7,N7,N13,N13,5,9,11,15-octaphenyl (ν-DABNA) exhibited max. EQE of 26.2% and CIE(x,y) of (0.12, 0.13). Finally, the corresponding tandem OLED with ƒ-ct6b as dopant gave a max. luminance of over 10000 cd⋅m‒2 and max. EQE of 42.1%, confirming their candidacies for making true-blue OLEDs.

Research Area(s)

  • iridium, carbene, hyperphosphorescence, organic light-emitting diode, cyclometalate

Citation Format(s)

Blue Electrophosphorescence from Iridium(III) Phosphors Bearing Asymmetric Di‐N‐Aryl 6‐(trifluoromethyl)‐2H‐imidazo[4,5‐b]pyridin‐2‐ylidene Chelates. / Yan, Jie; Feng, Zi-Qi; Wu, Yixin et al.
In: Advanced Materials, 17.07.2023.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review