High performance solution-processed organic yellow light-emitting devices and fluoride ion sensors based on a versatile phosphorescent Ir(iii) complex

Xiaolong Yang, Zhao Feng, Jingshuang Dang, Yuanhui Sun, Guijiang Zhou, Wai Yeung Wong (Corresponding Author)

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An efficient phosphorescent iridium(iii) complex (BPyPmIr) has been prepared with the asymmetric structure of (C^N1)(C^N2)Ir(acac) in which C^N1 and C^N2 are 5-(dimesitylboranyl)-2-phenylpyridine and 2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)pyrimidine, respectively, and acac is acetylacetonate. At room temperature, BPyPmIr shows a very high photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of 0.88 in THF and nearly unity in doped films. A solution-processed yellow OLED based on BPyPmIr gives the maximum luminance (L max ), external quantum yield (EQE), current efficiency (CE), and power efficiency (PE) of 54378 cd m -2 , 18.7%, 62.8 cd A -1 , and 60.9 lm W -1 , respectively, with very low efficiency roll-off at a high luminance of 1000 cd m -2 , which are among the highest efficiencies ever reported for solution-processed yellow OLEDs. Furthermore, because of the strong boron-fluoride ion interactions between the dimesitylboryl moiety and F - ions, this Ir(iii) complex can be used as an efficient "color-switch" sensor for detecting F - ions. Besides its high sensitivity and selectivity, the detection limit of this Ir(iii) complex is as low as 1.55 × 10 -7 M.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-384
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Chemistry Frontiers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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