A couple of impressions from our tutorial connected to the MRS Spring 2016 Symposium EP1: Organic Excitonic Materials and Devices: In short, the room has been packed with more attendees than chairs in the room. Chihaya Adachi started out giving us a complete overview on a class of materials for organic light-emitting diodes, he pioneered, namely thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF)-type emitters. He reflected on his initial reports on TADF in 2009, when nobody in the community cared about this concept, lacking competitive efficiency values at the time. Nowadays, these materials are TADF on par with phosphorescence in respect to device efficiency. Listening between the lines, we learned that up to date, the Adachi Lab counts more than 200 TADF molecules made – impressive.
After very limited coffee supply during the break, Stéphane Kéna-Cohan switched gears and gave us a very insightful introduction to the world of organic based lasers. Beginning with the very basics needed for understanding the concepts of lasers in general, we ended up learning the very current developments connected with laser research based on organic materials. The key potential here is seen for its high degree of possible integration, which is for instance important for bio-applications. When discussing the challenges remaining towards the demonstration of an electrically pumped organic laser, Stéphane Kéna-Cohan motivated where the threshold for electrical pumping roughly is using a back-on-an-envelope calculation, which actually fits on an envelope, as the picture below proves.
With the tutorial done, we are looking forward to the upcoming four days of regular symposium program. The sessions will reconvene at a different room: PCC North, 200 Level, Room 227 A. See you tomorrow.