New heteroleptic cyclometalated iridium(III) 2-phenylpyridine-type complexes with trifluoromethyl substituents and various main-group moieties were synthesized and their photophysical, electrochemical, and electroluminescent (EL) properties studied. The emission color can be tuned by a facile derivatization of the phenyl moiety of 2-phenylpyridine with various main-group moieties, and we have prepared new yellowish-green to orange triplet emitters with enhanced charge injection/charge transporting features, which can furnish attractive EL performance in phosphorescent organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs). Attempts were also made to fabricate two-color white-light OLEDs based on a combination of fluorescent blue and phosphorescent orange emitters. KGaA, Weinheim.
- main group elements
- organic light-emitting diodes
- synthesis design
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