Intense nπ∗ fluorescence from a nitrogen-rich heterocyclic compound, 2,5,8-tris(4-fluoro-3-methylphenyl)-1,3,4,6,7,9,9b-heptaazaphenalene (HAP-3MF), is demonstrated. The overlap-forbidden nature of the nπ∗ transition and the higher energy of the 3ππ∗ state than the 3nπ∗ one lead to a small energy difference between the lowest singlet (S1) and triplet (T1) excited states of HAP-3MF. Green-emitting HAP-3MF has a moderate photoluminescence quantum yield of 0.26 in both toluene and doped film. However, an organic light-emitting diode containing HAP-3MF achieved a high external quantum efficiency of 6.0%, indicating that HAP-3MF harvests singlet excitons through a thermally activated T1 → S1 pathway in the electroluminescent process.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)