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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2019 Jul 1;58(27):9088-9094. doi: 10.1002/anie.201903332. Epub 2019 May 22.

Four-Coordinate Boron Emitters with Tridentate Chelating Ligand for Efficient and Stable Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Organic Light-Emitting Devices.

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Institute of Molecular Functional Materials [Areas of Excellence Scheme, University Grants Committee (HongKong)] and Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, P.R.China.


A new class of four-coordinate donor-acceptor fluoroboron-containing thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) compounds bearing a tridentate 2,2'-(pyridine-2,6-diyl)diphenolate (dppy) ligand has been successfully designed and synthesized. Upon varying the donor moieties from carbazole to 10H-spiro[acridine-9,9'-fluorene] to 9,9-dimethyl-9,10-dihydroacridine, these boron derivatives exhibit a wide range of emission colors spanning from blue to yellow with a large spectral shift of 2746 cm-1 , with high PLQYs of up to 96 % in the doped thin film. Notably, vacuum-deposited organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) made with these boron compounds demonstrate high performances with the best current efficiencies of 55.7 cd A-1 , power efficiencies of 58.4 lm W-1 and external quantum efficiencies of 18.0 %. More importantly, long operational stabilities of the green-emitting OLEDs based on 2 with half-lifetimes of up to 12 733 hours at an initial luminance of 100 cd m-2 have been realized. This work represents for the first time the design and synthesis of tridentate dppy-chelating four-coordinate boron TADF compounds for long operational stabilities, suggesting great promises for the development of stable boron-containing TADF emitters.


four-coordinate boron; operational stability; organic light-emitting diodes; thermally activated delayed fluorescence; tridentate ligand


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