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Electrically Driven White Light Emission from Intrinsic Metal–Organic Framework

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posted on 2016-08-30, 13:56 authored by Golam Haider, Muhammad Usman, Tzu-Pei Chen, Packiyaraj Perumal, Kuang-Lieh Lu, Yang-Fang Chen
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have drawn tremendous potential as a replacement of traditional lighting due to its low-power consumption and longer lifetime. Nowadays, the practical white LEDs (WLED) are contingent on the photon down-conversion of phosphors containing rare-earth elements, which limits its utility, energy, and cost efficiency. In order to resolve the energy crisis and to address the environmental concerns, designing a direct WLED is highly desirable and remains a challenging issue. To circumvent the existing difficulties, in this report, we have designed and demonstrated a direct WLED consisting of a strontium-based metal–organic framework (MOF), {[Sr­(ntca)­(H2O)2]·H2O}n (1), graphene, and inorganic semiconductors, which can generate a bright white light emission. In addition to the suitable design of a MOF structure, the demonstration of electrically driven white light emission based on a MOF is made possible by the combination of several factors including the unique properties of graphene and the appropriate band alignment between the MOF and semiconductor layer. Because electroluminescence using a MOF as an active material is very rare and intriguing and a direct WLED is also not commonly seen, our work here therefore represents a major discovery which should be very useful and timely for the development of solid-state lighting.