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Solution-Processed Blue/Deep Blue and White Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (PhOLEDs) Hosted by a Polysiloxane Derivative with Pendant mCP (1,3-bis(9-carbazolyl)benzene)

Sun, Dianming, Zhou, Xiaokang, Liu, Junteng, Sun, Xiaoli, Li, Huihui, Ren, Zhongjie, Ma, Dongge, Bryce, Martin R., Yan, Shouke
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2015 v.7 no.51 pp. 27989-27998
benzene, color, electric power, energy transfer, glass transition temperature, phosphorescence, siloxanes
The synthesis and characterization is reported of an efficient polysiloxane derivative containing the 1,3-bis(9-carbazolyl)benzene (mCP) moiety as a pendant unit on the polysiloxane backbone. In comparison with mCP, the mCP-polysiloxane hybrid (PmCPSi) has significantly improved thermal and morphological stabilities with a high decomposition temperature (Td = 523 °C) and glass transition temperature (Tg = 194 °C). The silicon–oxygen linkage of PmCPSi prevents intermolecular π-stacking and ensures a high triplet energy level (ET = 3.0 eV). Using PmCPSi as a host, blue phosphorescent organic light emitting devices (PhOLEDs) effectively confine triplet excitons, with efficient energy transfer to the guest emitter and a relatively low turn-on voltage of 5.8 V. A maximum external quantum efficiency of 9.24% and maximum current efficiency of 18.93 cd/A are obtained. These values are higher than for directly analogous poly(vinylcarbazole) (PVK) based devices (6.76%, 12.29 cd/A). Good color stability over a range of operating voltages is observed. A two-component “warm-white” device with a maximum current efficiency of 10.4 cd/A is obtained using a blend of blue and orange phosphorescent emitters as dopants in PmCPSi host. These results demonstrate that well-designed polysiloxane derivatives are highly efficient hosts suitable for low-cost solution-processed PhOLEDs.