Synthesis, characterization, photophysics and electrophosphorescent applications of phosphorescent platinum cyclometalated complexes with 9-arylcarbazole moieties

Cheuk Lam Ho, Wai Yeung Wong, Bing Yao, Zhiyuen Xie, Lixiang Wang, Zhenyang Lin

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A series of cyclometalating platinum(II) complexes with substituted 9-arylcarbazolyl chromophores have been synthesized and characterized. These complexes are thermally stable and most of them have been characterized by X-ray crystallography. The phosphorescence emissions of the complexes are dominated by3MLCT excited states. The excited state properties of these complexes can be modulated by varying the electronic characteristics of the cyclometalating ligands via substituent effects, thus allowing the emission to be tuned from bright green to yellow, orange and red light. The correlation between the functional properties of these metallophosphors and the results of density functional theory calculations was made. Because of the propensity of the electron-rich carbazolyl group to facilitate hole injection/transport, the presence of such moiety can increase the highest occupied molecular orbital levels and improve the charge balance in the resulting complexes relative to the parent platinum(II) phosphor with 2-phenylpyridine ligand. The solution-processed electrophosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes doped with these platinum-based phosphors have been fabricated which showed a maximum external quantum efficiency of 2.77% for the best device, corresponding to a power efficiency of 3.48 lm/W and a luminance efficiency of 8.49 cd/A. The present work enables the rational design of platinum-carbazolyl electrophosphors by synthetically tailoring the structure of carbazolylpyridine ring that can permit good color-tuning versatility suitable for multi-color display technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2735-2749
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbazole
  • Optical properties
  • Organic light-emitting diodes
  • Phosphorescence
  • Platinum complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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