Issue 16, 2022

Thermally activated delayed fluorescence of carbazole-benzophenone dendrimers with bulky substituents

Abstract

Carbazole dendrimers with a benzophenone core and bulky terminal substituents were synthesized, and their thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) properties were investigated. The adamantane (Ad) substituted dendrimer showed green TADF emission with a PLQY of 40% in the neat film. The tetraphenylphenyl (TPPh) substituted dendrimer showed blue emission with a PLQY of 11% in the neat film but did not show effective TADF. The dendrimer and dendron (fragment) phosphorescence measurement revealed that the TPPh substituted carbazole dendron has low triplet energy. This will reduce the TADF efficiency. Also a new deactivation path due to the large freedom in the rotation of TPPh substituents leads to non-radiative deactivation and quenches the TADF emission. Simple terminal modification can minimize the intermolecular interaction and tune the on–off of the TADF, which gives insights for designing efficient TADF materials.

Graphical abstract: Thermally activated delayed fluorescence of carbazole-benzophenone dendrimers with bulky substituents

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Article information

Article type
Paper
Submitted
24 Feb 2022
Accepted
16 Mar 2022
First published
17 Mar 2022

Polym. Chem., 2022,13, 2277-2284

Thermally activated delayed fluorescence of carbazole-benzophenone dendrimers with bulky substituents

K. Albrecht, E. Hisamura, M. Furukori, Y. Nakayama, T. Hosokai, K. Nakao, H. Ikebe and A. Nakayama, Polym. Chem., 2022, 13, 2277 DOI: 10.1039/D2PY00255H

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