Synthesis and electrophosphorescence of iridium complexes containing benzothiazole-based ligands

Di Liu, Huicai Ren, Lijun Deng, Ting Zhang
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013 June 12, 5 (11): 4937-44
Four heteroleptic bis-cyclometalated iridium(III) complexes containing 2-aryl-benzothiazole ligands, in which the aryl is dibenzofuran-2-yl [Ir(O-bt)2(acac)], dibenzothiophene-2-yl [Ir(S-bt)2(acac)], dibenzothiophene-S,S-dioxide-2-yl [Ir(SO2-bt)2(acac)] and 4-(diphenylphosphoryl)phenyl [Ir(PO-bt)2(acac)], have been synthesized and characterized for use in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). These complexes emit bright yellow (551 nm) to orange-red (598 nm) phosphorescence at room temperature, the peak wavelengths of which can be finely tuned depending upon the electronic properties of the aryl group in the 2-position of benzothiazole. The strong electron-withdrawing aryls such as dibenzothiophene-S,S-dioxide2-yl and 4-(diphenylphosphoryl)phenyl caused bathochromatic shift of the iridium complex phosphorescence. These iridium complexes were used as doped emitters to fabricate yellow to orange-red OLEDs and good performance was obtained. In particular, a maximum luminance efficiency of 58.4 cd A(-1) (corresponding to 30.6 lm W(-1) and 19%) with CIE coordinates of (0.45, 0.52) was achieved for Ir(O-bt)2(acac)-based yellow device. Furthermore, the yellow emitting Ir(S-bt)2(acac) was used to fabricate two-element white OLED that exhibited a high efficiency of 32.4 cd A(-1) with CIE coordinates of (0.28, 0.44).

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