Organic thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) compounds used in photocatalysis

Megan Amy Bryden, Eli Zysman-Colman

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Organic compounds that show Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) have become wildly popular as next-generation emitters in organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Since 2016, a subset of these have found increasing use as photocatalysts. This review comprehensively highlights their potential by documenting the diversity of the reactions where an organic TADF photocatalyst can be used in lieu of a noble metal complex photocatalyst. Beyond the small number of TADF photocatalysts that have been used to date, the analysis conducted within this review reveals the wider potential of organic donor-acceptor TADF compounds as photocatalysts. A discussion of the benefits of compounds showing TADF for photocatalysis is presented, which paints a picture of a very promising future for organic photocatalyst development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7587-7680
Number of pages94
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number13
Early online date18 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2021


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