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The development of a new approach toward lanthanide-based OLED fabrication: New host materials for Tb-based emitters

: Aslandukov, Andrey; Utochnikova, Valentina V.; Goriachiy, Dmitry; Vashchenko, Andrey A.; Tsymbarenko, Dmitry; Hoffmann, Michael; Pietraszkiewicz, Marek; Kuzmina, Natalia


Dalton transactions 47 (2018), No.45, pp.16350-16357
ISSN: 1477-9226
ISSN: 2209-2386
ISSN: 1477-9234
Journal Article
Fraunhofer FEP ()
OLED; organic; light-emitting; display

To develop the recently proposed approach toward host selection for lanthanide-based emitters, four phosphine oxides PO = PO1–PO4 were investigated which are able to both increase the electron mobility and to sensitize terbium luminescence. New highly soluble and brightly luminescent terbium complexesTbCl3(PO)·H2O and Tb(pobz)3(PO)·(CH3)2CO (pobz− = phenoxybenzoate) with a quantum yield of up to100% were synthesized and thoroughly characterized. To study the electroluminescence properties of these materials, a series of solution-processed OLED devices were fabricated and their heterostructures were selected based on the HOMO and LUMO energies of PO1–PO4, which were carefully assessed by the combination of DFT and TDDFT methods. Thus, the effectiveness of the proposed approach was proved, and the influence of the anionic ligand was shown. The maximum OLED luminance reached75 Cd m−2, which is a high value for solution-processed OLEDs based on terbium complexes.