Cibalackrot Dendrimers for Hyperfluorescent Organic Light-Emitting Diodes

Nicholle R. Wallwork, Masashi Mamada, Angus B. Keto, Sarah K.M. McGregor, Atul Shukla, Chihaya Adachi, Elizabeth H. Krenske, Ebinazar B. Namdas, Shih Chun Lo

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Abstract

Hyperfluorescent organic light-emitting diodes (HF-OLEDs) enable a cascading Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from a suitable thermally activated delayed fluorescent (TADF) assistant host to a fluorescent end-emitter to give efficient OLEDs with relatively narrowed electroluminescence compared to TADF-OLEDs. Efficient HF-OLEDs require optimal FRET with minimum triplet diffusion via Dexter-type energy transfer (DET) from the TADF assistant host to the fluorescent end-emitter. To hinder DET, steric protection of the end-emitters has been proposed to disrupt triplet energy transfer. In this work, the first HF-OLEDs based on structurally well-defined macromolecules, dendrimers is reported. The dendrimers contain new highly twisted dendrons attached to a Cibalackrot core, resulting in high solubility in organic solvents. HF-OLEDs based on dendrimer blend films are fabricated to show external quantum efficiencies of >10% at 100 cd m−2. Importantly, dendronization with the bulky dendrons is found to have no negative impact to the FRET efficiency, indicating the excellent potential of the dendritic macromolecular motifs for HF-OLEDs. To fully prevent the undesired triplet diffusion, Cibalackrot dendrimers HF-OLEDs are expected to be further improved by adding additional dendrons to the Cibalackrot core and/or increasing dendrimer generations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMacromolecular rapid communications
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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