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Sky-Blue Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence with Intramolecular Spatial Charge Transfer Based on a Dibenzothiophene Sulfone Emitter

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posted on 03.08.2020, 13:41 by Sheng-Yi Yang, Qi-Sheng Tian, You-Jun Yu, Sheng-Nan Zou, Hong-Cheng Li, Aziz Khan, Qian-Han Wu, Zuo-Quan Jiang, Liang-Sheng Liao
Intramolecular spatial charge transfer (ISCT) plays a critical role in determining the optical and charge transport properties of thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) materials. Herein, a new donor/acceptor-type TADF compound based on rigid dibenzothiophene sulfone (DBTS) moiety, STF-DBTS, was designed and synthesized. Fluorene unit was used as a rigid linker to position the rigid acceptor and donor subunit in close vicinity with control over their spacing and molecular structure and to achieve high photoluminescence quantum yield (∼53%) and TADF property. For comparison purposes, we constructed the more flexible STF-DPS with a less rotationally constrained diphenylsulphone (DPS) acceptor instead of the rigid DBTS units, and STF-DPS showed no TADF properties and lower PLQY (16.0%). Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) based on STF-DBTS achieve an external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 10.3% at 488 nm, which is a fivefold improvement in EQE with respect to STF-DPS.