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Adv Sci (Weinh). 2019 Feb 13;6(7):1802246. doi: 10.1002/advs.201802246. eCollection 2019 Apr 3.

Predicting Operational Stability for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with Exciplex Cohosts.

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State Key Laboratory of Luminescent Materials and Devices and Institute of Polymer Optoelectronic Materials and Devices South China University of Technology Guangzhou 510640 P. R. China.


Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) employing exciplex cohosts have gained attractive interest due to the promising high efficiency, low driving voltage, and potential low cost in future solid-state lighting sources and full-color displays. However, their device lifetime is still the most challenging weakness and rarely studied, which is regarded as a time consuming and complicated work. Therefore, a simplified but effective and comprehensive approach is demonstrated to give prediction for the exciplex cohosts operating lifespan and analyze their possible degradation mechanisms by considering molecular dissociated activation energy with internal exciton dynamics correlations. As a consequence, strong chemical bond stability for the hole transport moieties and rapid reactive exciton relaxation have the intrinsic talent to access potentially long-lived exciplex cohosts, achieving an extended lifetime of 10169 h for the predicted long-lived exciplex cohost OLEDs. Degradation behaviors further confirm that the deteriorated source is attributed to the formation of exciton quenchers and hole traps from excited states and charged-excited states, respectively. The current findings establish a universal technique to screen the stable exciplex cohost candidates with economic time consumption and expenses.


degradation mechanisms; exciplex cohosts; molecular stability analysis; organic light‐emitting diodes

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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