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Chiral Platinum-Based Metallomesogens with Highly Efficient Circularly Polarized Electroluminescence in Solution-Processed Organic Light-Emitting Diodes

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JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
DateAccepted/In press - 9 Jul 2020
DateE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jul 2020
DatePublished (current) - 19 Oct 2020
Issue number20
Volume8
Early online date19/07/20
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) is of interest due to its wide potential application in semiconductors. To balance the emission efficiency and luminescence dissymmetry factor (gPL) of a CPL emitter, in this context, two chiral, phosphorescent and liquid-crystalline cyclometalated platinum complexes, abbreviated R-Pt and S-Pt, are prepared. The complexes, which show an intense green emission at 504 nm both in solution and in the solid state, contain a simple, ortho-metalated 2-phenylpyridine unit functionalized with a chiral 2-octanol chain, with liquid crystallinity being induced by modifying the β-diketonato ligand with mesogenic groups. Interestingly, both the chiral smectic (SmA*) and nematic (N*) phases are found by a combination of polarized optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and small-angle X-ray scattering. By annealing, distinct CPL emission is achieved in the solid state with a gPL around 0.02. Employing the chiral platinum complexes as the dopant, solution-processable organic light-emitting diodes present an external quantum efficiency of 11.3% and strong, circularly polarized electroluminescence with an extremely high luminescence dissymmetry value (gEL) of 0.06 after annealing at 100 °C. This work opens an avenue for designing CPL-active emitters with high emission efficiency and high dissymmetry factor.

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  • chiral liquid crystals, circularly polarized luminescence, organic light-emitting diodes, phosphorescence, platinum complexes

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