New deep-red heteroleptic iridium complex with 3-hexylthiophene for solution-processed organic light-emitting diodes emitting saturated red and high CRI white colors

Xuejing Liu, Shumeng Wang, Bing Yao, Baohua Zhang, Cheuk Lam Ho, Wai Yeung Wong, Yanxiang Cheng, Zhiyuan Xie

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The exploitation of soluble and efficient deep-red phosphorescent emitters is of paramount importance for solution-processed organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) applied in both high-quality RGB displays and high color-rendering-index (CRI) solid-state lighting source. In this work, a new deep-red heteroleptic iridium(III) complex, i.e. bis[2,5-di(4-hexylthiophen-2-yl)pyridine][acetylacetonate]iridium(III) [Ir(ht-5ht-py)2(acac)], has been synthesized and successfully used to fabricate solution-processed saturated red and white organic light-emitting diodes (WOLEDs). The long alkyl side-chains of Ir(ht-5ht-py)2(acac) render its excellent solubility in common organic solvents and good compatibility with common host materials. The solution-processed red OLED based on Ir(ht-5ht-py)2(acac) exhibited a decent external quantum efficiency of 8.2% and a power efficiency of 6.5 lm/W, with satisfactory Commission International de L'Eclairage (CIE) coordinates of (0.68, 0.31) for saturated red emission. Furthermore, the prepared multiple-phosphors-doped WOLED with Ir(ht-5ht-py)2(acac) as the red emitter showed an excellent high color rendering index (CRI) value of 89 as well as low color-correlated temperature (CCT) of 2331 K, which can meet the call for physiologically-friendly indoor illumination. 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalOrganic Electronics: physics, materials, applications
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Iridium complex
  • Saturated red emission
  • Solution-processing
  • White organic light-emitting diode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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