A deep-blue-emitting heteroatom-doped MR-TADF nonacene for high-performance organic light-emitting diodes

Subeesh Madayanad Suresh, Le Zhang, David Hall, Changfeng Si, Gaetano Ricci, Tomas Matulaitis, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Stuart Warriner, Yoann Olivier, Ifor D. Samuel*, Eli Zysman-Colman*

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We present a p- and n-doped nonacene compound, NOBNacene, that represents a rare example of a linearly extended ladder-type multiresonant thermally activated delayed fluorescence (MR-TADF) emitter. This compound shows efficient narrow deep blue emission, with a λPL of 410 nm, full width at half maximum, FWHM, of 38 nm, photoluminescence quantum yield, ΦPL of 71 %, and a delayed lifetime, τd of 1.18 ms in 1.5 wt % TSPO1 thin film. The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) using this compound as the emitter shows a comparable electroluminescence spectrum peaked at 409 nm (FWHM=37 nm) and a maximum external quantum efficiency (EQEmax) of 8.5 % at Commission Internationale de l’Éclairage (CIE) coordinates of (0.173, 0.055). The EQEmax values were increased to 11.2 % at 3 wt % doping of the emitter within the emissive layer of the device. At this concentration, the electroluminescence spectrum broadened slightly, leading to CIE coordinates of (0.176, 0.068).
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202215522
Number of pages8
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number8
Early online date16 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2023


  • Multiresonant thermally activated delayed fluorescence
  • Organic light-emitting diodes
  • OLEDs
  • Boron-doped acenes
  • Deep blue emission
  • Nanographene


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