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Engineering the singlet–triplet energy splitting in a TADF molecule

Santos, Paloma L.; Ward, Jonathan S.; Data, Przemyslaw; Batsanov, Andrei S.; Bryce, Martin R.; Dias, Fernando B.; Monkman, Andrew P.

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Authors

Paloma L. Santos

Jonathan S. Ward

Przemyslaw Data

Andrei S. Batsanov

Martin R. Bryce



Contributors

P L dos Santos Dos-santos nqjg26@durham.ac.uk
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Abstract

The key to engineering an efficient TADF emitter is to achieve a small energy splitting between a pair of molecular singlet and triplet states. This work makes important contributions towards achieving this goal. By studying the new TADF emitter 2,7-bis(phenoxazin-10-yl)-9,9-dimethylthioxanthene-S,S-dioxide (DPO-TXO2) and the donor and acceptor units separately, the available radiative and non-radiative pathways of DPO-TXO2 have been identified. The energy splitting between singlet and triplet states was clearly identified in four different environments, in solutions and solid state. The results show that DPO-TXO2 is a promising TADF emitter, having ΔEST = 0.01 eV in zeonex matrix. We further show how the environment plays a key role in the fine tuning of the energy levels of the 1CT state with respect to the donor 3LED triplet state, which can then be used to control the ΔEST energy value. We elucidate the TADF mechanism dynamics when the 1CT state is located below the 3LE triplet state which it spin orbit couples to, and we also discuss the OLED device performance with this new emitter, which shows maximum external quantum efficiency (E.Q.E.) of 13.5% at 166 cd m−2.

Citation

Santos, P. L., Ward, J. S., Data, P., Batsanov, A. S., Bryce, M. R., Dias, F. B., & Monkman, A. P. (2016). Engineering the singlet–triplet energy splitting in a TADF molecule. Journal of Materials Chemistry C Materials for optical and electronic devices, 4(17), 3815-3824. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5tc03849a

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 11, 2016
Publication Date May 7, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 21, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jan 11, 2017
Journal Journal of Materials Chemistry C Materials for optical and electronic devices
Print ISSN 2050-7526
Electronic ISSN 2050-7534
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 17
Pages 3815-3824
DOI https://doi.org/10.1039/c5tc03849a

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