High-efficiency organic electroluminescent materials based on the D-A-D type with sterically hindered methyl groups

Youming Zhang, Xuan Zhou, Changjiang Zhou, Qiang Su, Shuming Chen, Jun Song, Wai Yeung Wong

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Three donor-acceptor-donor type emitters of2TPA-BT,2MeTPA-BTand2DMeTPA-BTwere synthesized. Crystal structures for all compounds were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, showing that by introducing one or two methyl groups between the donors and acceptor, the spatial configuration changes greatly for2MeTPA-BTand2DMeTPA-BTcompared to their parent compound2TPA-BT. Density functional theory analysis reveals that the emission of2MeTPA-BThas a more obvious hybridized local and charge-transfer (HLCT) feature based on the influence of steric hindrance of methyl substituents. Attributed to their different spatial configurations and luminescence mechanisms, different emission wavelengths with high photoluminescence quantum yields (FPLs) of 75.43%, 93.43% and 89.63% in toluene solvent, as well as 44.76%, 52.19 and 33.87% in neat film, were observed for2TPA-BT,2MeTPA-BTand2DMeTPA-BT, respectively. Furthermore, strong electroluminescence was observed with the emission peaks at 602, 560 and 544 nm, maximum current efficiencies of 11.05 cd A-1, 30.40 cd A-1and 25.02 cd A-1, maximum power efficiencies of 6.01 lm W-1, 23.67 lm W-1and 20.37 lm W-1, and maximum external quantum efficiencies of 4.43%, 8.47% and 7.29% for2TPA-BT,2MeTPA-BTand2DMeTPA-BTdoped organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs), respectively. This work clearly illustrates the effect of spatial configuration changes on the luminescence properties of organic emitters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6851-6860
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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