Zhong Zheng, Lu Wang, Yangyang Xin, Qi Wang, Xiangchen Hong, Yuewei Zhang, Shek‐Man Yiu, Fan Zhou, Jie Yan, Dongdong Zhang, Lian Duan, Yun Chi

Iridium(III) Carbene Phosphors with Fast Radiative Transitions for Blue Organic Light Emitting Diodes and Hyperphosphorescence

  • Electrochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Biomaterials
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

AbstractIt is envisioned that the efficient and stable blue OLED phosphors can be synthesized using Ir(III) complexes with electron‐deficient carbene cyclometalates. Therefore, three facially coordinated Ir(III) phosphors f‐ct7a‐ c bearing isomeric purinylidene chelates are obtained. They possess three, two, and one 4‐t‐butylphenyl cyclometalate together with the same number of N‐phenyl appendage on carbene fragments, and exhibit photoluminescence centered (λmax) at 452‒461 nm, fast radiative rate constants (kr) of 7.5–11.3 × 105 s‒1, and high quantum yield (PLQY) up to 80% in degassed toluene at RT. Representative OLED based on f‐ct7c gives maximum external quantum efficiency (EQEmax) of 26.6%, CIE(x,y) of 0.16, 0.15, and low roll‐off with EQE of 22.3% at 1000 cd m‒2. Furthermore, they can be utilized to sensitize a deep blue multiple resonance thermally activated delay fluorescence emitter (MR‐TADF), i.e., t‐DABNA. The corresponding hyper‐OLED device based on alternative f‐ct7b realizes an EQEmax of 36.1%, CIE(x,y) of 0.14, 0.09, and full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 26.5 nm. To the understanding, this is the first report on concurrent achieving both the high EQE and small CIEy value for Ir(III)‐based phosphors.

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