Circularly polarized organic light-emitting diodes (CP-OLEDs) that demonstrate both state-of-the-art efficiency and strongly circularly polarized (CP) electroluminescence have proved a considerable technical challenge. Furthermore, multiple factors – from film thickness to device structure – have been shown to influence the sign of the emitted CP light, independent of the handedness (absolute stereochemistry) of the chiral emitter. Here we report CP-OLEDs using a blend of poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-bithiophene) (F8T2) and a chiral small molecule additive (1-azahelicene, azaH). We demonstrate CP-OLEDs with an impressive electroluminescence dissymmetry (gEL) > 0.3 and a current efficiency of 0.53 cd A−1 and brightness of 3023 cd m−2. While at low azaH loadings, F8T2 blends are consistent with previous observations of CP dissymetric inversion as a function of film thickness/excitation mode, a higher loading of azaH (∼40 wt%) removes such dependencies while retaining excellent g-factors. The materials disclosed will allow for further mechanistic studies of chiral polymeric materials and provide new opportunities for chiroptical optimisation in films and devices.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Special issue in memoriam of Alasdair James Campbell