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Tuning Optical Properties by Controlled Aggregation: Electroluminescence Assisted by Thermally‐Activated Delayed Fluorescence from Thin Films of Crystalline Chromophores

Wöll, Christof; Haldar, Ritesh; Jakoby, Marius; Kozlowska, Mariana ORCID iD icon; Khan, Motiur Rahman; Chen, Hongye; Pramudya, Yohanes; Richards, Bryce S. ORCID iD icon; Heinke, Lars; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Odobel, Fabrice; Diring, Stéphane; Howard, Ian A.; Lemmer, Uli


Several photophysical properties of chromophores depend crucially on intermolecular interactions. Thermally‐activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) is often influenced by close packing of the chromophore assembly. In this context, the metal‐organic framework (MOF) approach has several advantages: it can be used to steer aggregation such that the orientation within aggregated structures can be predicted using rational approaches. We demonstrate this design concept for a DPA‐TPE (diphenylamine‐tetraphenylethylene) chromophore, which is non‐emissive in its solvated state due to vibrational quenching. Turning this DPA‐TPE into a ditopic linker allows to grow oriented MOF thin films exhibiting pronounced green electroluminescence with low onset voltages. Measurements at different temperatures clearly demonstrate the presence of TADF. Finally, we show that the layer‐by‐layer process used for MOF thin film deposition allowed to integrate the TADF‐DPA‐TPE in a functioning LED device.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000124298
Veröffentlicht am 08.02.2021
DOI: 10.1002/chem.202003712
Zitationen: 26
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen (IFG)
Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT)
Institut für Nanotechnologie (INT)
Lichttechnisches Institut (LTI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 18.12.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0947-6539, 1521-3765
KITopen-ID: 1000124298
HGF-Programm 43.21.04 (POF III, LK 01) Molecular Engineering
Erschienen in Chemistry - a European journal
Verlag John Wiley and Sons
Band 26
Heft 71
Seiten 17016-17020
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 07.09.2020
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