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Constructing New n‑Type, Ambipolar, and p‑Type Aggregation-Induced Blue Luminogens by Gradually Tuning the Proportion of Tetrahphenylethene and Diphenylphophine Oxide

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posted on 24.04.2014 by Guangyuan Mu, Wenzhi Zhang, Peng Xu, Hongfeng Wang, Yixing Wang, Lei Wang, Shaoqing Zhuang, Xunjin Zhu
By gradually adjusting the proportion of tetraphenylethene (TPE) and phosphine oxide (PO), the series of n-type, ambipolar, and p-type aggregation-induced emission (AIE) luminogens (E,Z)-((1,2-diphenylethene-1,2-diyl)­bis­(4,1-phenylene))­bis­(diphenylphosphine oxide) (TPEDPO), diphenyl­(4-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)­phenyl)­phosphine oxide (TPEPO), phenylbis­(4-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)­phenyl)­phosphine oxide (DTPEPO), and tris­(4-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl)­phenyl)­phosphine oxide (TTPEPO) were developed for the first time. Their optical and electronic properties and AIE characteristics were investigated carefully. Time-resolved spectra indicate that the transient fluorescence decay lifetimes of aggregation-induced blue luminogens change regularly with the aggregation degree in THF/water solution. Particularly, identical electron and hole mobilities (∼2.3 × 10 –4 cm2 V–1 s–1) can be realized when the TPE/PO ratio is 1:1. In electroluminesent (EL) devices, the sky-blue-doped device based on TPEPO was found to exhibit a low turn-on voltage of 2.8 V, a maximum luminance (Lmax) of 8656 cd m–2, a maximum current efficiency (ηC,max) of 9.32 cd A–1, and a maximum power efficiency (ηP,max) of 10.23 lm W–1.