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PtAu3 cluster complexes with narrow-band emissions for solution-processed organic light emitting diodes

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In order to develop solution-processable organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with improved optical properties, PtAu3 heterometallic cluster complexes that exhibit narrow-band emission spectra were prepared through judicious molecular design. The brightly emissive PtAu3 complexes with robust chemical and thermal stability (>290 °C) show photoluminescence quantum yields (PLQY) of 80.5% to 90.1% in doped films. The dihedral angle between the plane of the aromatic acetylide and the platinum(II) coordination square plane exerts dramatic influence on the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of phosphorescent emission, in which the better the co-planarity, the narrower the FWHM. Theoretical studies suggest that the greater involvement of the acetylide-to-Pt 3LMCT state favors narrow-band emission. Solution-processed OLEDs based on narrow-band green emitters afford a maximum current efficiency (CE) of 38.7 cd A−1, power efficiency (PE) of 22.9 lm W−1 and external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 10.3% with an FWHM of 42 nm and CIE coordinates of (0.30, 0.61). The PtAu3 cluster complex with phenanthrene-fused carbazole-acetylide displays improved device performance due to its enhanced hole-carrier ability, with a peak CE of 62.2 cd A−1, PE of 30.3 lm W−1 and EQE of 16.6%. The elegant synthetic strategy combining electron and/or hole transport units enhances not only the device performance of the PtAu3 cluster complexes but also their charge carrier abilities, which were analyzed through space charge limited current measurements.

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The article was received on 18 Dec 2018, accepted on 26 Jan 2019 and first published on 28 Jan 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC06384B
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, Advance Article

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    PtAu3 cluster complexes with narrow-band emissions for solution-processed organic light emitting diodes

    N. Natarajan, L. Shi, H. Xiao, J. Wang, L. Zhang, X. Zhang and Z. Chen, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8TC06384B

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