Our recent paper together with our colleagues at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF), is featured in Advanced Science News. This work discusses a novel way to achieve thermally activated delayed fluorescence in polymers through an extension of the HOMO conjugation, which ultimately leads to a smaller splitting between singlet and triplet excited charge transfer states. The paper can be found here: Conjugation-Induced Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF): From Conventional Non-TADF Units to TADF-Active Polymers.
In a recent collaboration with our colleagues at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF), we have developed polymers that show thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) properties with high efficiency. This work has now been published in Advanced Functional Materials under the title: Conjugation-Induced Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF): From Conventional Non-TADF Units to TADF-Active Polymers. Interestingly, the monomer building block does not show TADF but rather only phosphorescence. Hence, the TADF property is induced as a consequence of increased conjugation during polymer formation. Ultimately, the singlet-triplet splitting is reduced in the polymer to allow for TADF. The emitter shows sky-blue emission with roughly 70% PLQY. This report includes the synthesis of the monomer and polymer materials, quantum chemical calculations and a detailed photo-physical characterization.
In this paper entitled ‘Transparent and color-tunable organic light-emitting diodes with highly balanced emission to both sides‘ we demonstrate transparent, two-color, stacked OLEDs that allow for balanced top- and bottom-emission. Making use of ultra thin, composite metal electrodes, this design avoids the use of ITO, such that this architecture can be transferred to flexible substrates. Careful optical design made it possible that the luminance of the device is virtually identical to both viewing directions, which is a great improvement over many earlier device layouts.
Ramon Springer joined the group of Prof. Jang Hyuk Kwon (Department of Information Display, Kyung Hee University, South Korea) to carry out a Master thesis topic within the international Masters course Organic and Molecular Electronics (OME) at the TU Dresden. His thesis task was to develop a white-light emitting, multiple OLED stack based on blue and yellow units to be used in AMOLED displays. Here, aside from the optimization of device efficiency, the color quality and angular stability were parameters to be optimized. His work led to a recent publication in Optics Express entitled “Cool white light-emitting three stack OLED structures for AMOLED display applications“. Congratulations to a very successful research stay abroad.
Our new paper entitled “Adjustable white-light emission from a photo-structured micro-OLED array” published in Light: Science & Applications discusses an approach towards micro-OLED arrays made of differently emitting sub pixels without non-emissive areas. This is achieved using orthogonal lithography techniques in a way that only the first OLED unit is structured while the next one to follow is made in a “fill-the-gap” approach. In this conceptual demonstration, we pair blue and yellow OLEDs in a stripe layout, which can be addressed individually for complete color tunability. Feature sizes of the stripes are down to 20 micrometer.
In our new paper published in Applied Physics Letters entitled “White organic light-emitting diodes with 4 nm metal electrode“, we report on white OLEDs with ultra thin metal electrodes that replace ITO for the better. With close layers of only 4 nm thickness, the overall optical properties of these composite electrodes approach the ITO standard electrode system, whereas their mechanical performance is by far superior. Such electrodes are highly flexible and, in addition, allow for fabrication at any position within the vertical layer structure. Thus, their use is not limited to the bottom electrode function, but also they can be used as interconnects and/or transparent top electrodes.
When all non-radiative channels of deactivation are effectively shut off, organic molecules turn into dual state emitters, giving rise to biluminescence. Here, only the effective mixing via intersystem crossing (ISC) and reverse ISC determine, which overall emission spectrum the molecules have. In an highlight article for the SPIE newsroom, Caterin Salas Redondo and I summarize what it takes to qualify as an efficient biluminophore.