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Improved host material for electrophosphorescence by positional engineering of spirobifluorene–carbazole hybrids

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Abstract

Two novel materials, SF2BCz and SF3BCz, which combine spirobifluorene (SF) and carbazole units by meta- and para-bonding, have been designed and synthesized by a straightforward process as hosts in phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes (PhOLEDs), and their thermal and electronic absorption and photoluminescent properties investigated. The meta-linkage of SF enables SF3BCz to possess high triplet and energy levels and good thermal stability. Blue PhOLEDs featuring SF3BCz as a host give high performance and low roll-off, with an efficiency of 41.4 cd A−1 (39.8 lm W−1) at 100 cd m−2 and 39.7 cd A−1 (29.8 lm W−1) at 1000 cd m−2. In addition, SF3BCz has been adopted as a universal host for white PhOLEDs, with a maximum external quantum efficiency of 21.3% for two-color and 19.8% for three-color-based white devices. By adopting tandem technology, a four-color-based white PhOLED was also successfully constructed, achieving 40% external quantum efficiency and a stable color spectrum.

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The article was received on 23 Jul 2014, accepted on 27 Aug 2014 and first published on 27 Aug 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4TC01619J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014,2, 8736-8744
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    Improved host material for electrophosphorescence by positional engineering of spirobifluorene–carbazole hybrids

    Y. Liu, L. Cui, X. Shi, Q. Li, Z. Jiang and L. Liao, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014, 2, 8736
    DOI: 10.1039/C4TC01619J

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