High-Energy-Level Blue Phosphor for Solution-Processed White Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with Efficiency Comparable to Fluorescent Tubes

Shumeng Wang, Lei Zhao, Baohua Zhang, Junqiao Ding, Zhiyuan Xie, Lixiang Wang, Wai Yeung Wong

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A high-energy-level blue phosphor FIr-p-OC8 has been developed for solution-processed white organic light-emitting diodes (WOLEDs)with comparable fluorescent tube efficiency. Benefiting from the electron-donating nature of the introduced alkoxy, FIr-p-OC8 shows not only efficient blue light but also elevated highest occupied molecular orbital/lowest unoccupied molecular orbital levels to well match the dendritic host H2. Consequently, the hole scattering between FIr-p-OC8 and H2 can be prevented to favor the direct exciton formation on the blue phosphor, leading to reduced driving voltage and thus improved power efficiency. By exploiting this approach, a maximum power efficiency of 68.5 lm W−1 is achieved for FIr-p-OC8-based white devices, slightly declining to 47.0 lm W−1 at a practical luminance of 1,000 cd m−2. This efficiency can be further raised to 96.3 lm W−1 @ 1,000 cd m−2 when a half-sphere is applied to increase light out-coupling. We believe that our results can compete with commercial fluorescent tubes, representing an important progress in solution-processed WOLEDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-137
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018


  • Inorganic Materials
  • Optoelectronics
  • Organometallic Chemistry

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  • General

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