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2-(2-Hydroxyphenyl)imidazole-based four-coordinate organoboron compounds with efficient deep blue photoluminescence and electroluminescence

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Two new four-coordinate organoboron compounds with 2-(2-hydroxyphenyl)imidazole derivatives as the chelating ligands have been synthesized. They possess high thermal stability and are able to form an amorphous glass state. Crystallographic analyses indicate that the differences in ligand structure cause the change of π⋯π stacking character. The CH2Cl2 solutions and thin films of these compounds display bright blue emission, and these compounds have appropriate HOMO and LUMO energy levels for carrier injection in OLEDs. By utilizing the good thermal and luminescent properties, as well as the proper frontier orbital energy levels, bright non-doped OLEDs with a simple structure have been realized. Notably, these simple devices show deep blue electroluminescence with the Commission Internationale de l’Éclairage (CIE) coordinate of ca. (0.16, 0.08), which is close to the CIE coordinate of (0.14, 0.08) for standard blue defined by the National Television System Committee. In addition, one of the devices exhibits good performance, showing brightness, current efficiency, power efficiency and external quantum efficiency up to 2692 cd m−2, 2.50 cd A−1, 1.81 lm W−1 and 3.63%, respectively. This study not only provides good deep-blue emitting OLED materials that are rarely achieved by using four-coordinate organoboron compounds, but also allows a deeper understanding of the structure–property relationship of 2-(2-hydroxyphenyl)imidazole-based boron complexes, which benefits the further structural design of this type of material.

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The article was received on 02 Oct 2017, accepted on 21 Nov 2017 and first published on 22 Nov 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03702C
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018, Advance Article
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    2-(2-Hydroxyphenyl)imidazole-based four-coordinate organoboron compounds with efficient deep blue photoluminescence and electroluminescence

    Z. Zhang, Z. Zhang, H. Zhang and Y. Wang, Dalton Trans., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03702C

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