Researchers from Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Shanghai University developed a new high-efficiency exciplex deep-blue OLED emitter material. The researchers say that this new materials achieves a external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 20.35% - a new world record for deep-blue emission.
The researchers explain that their exciplex strategy is based around a new molecule type with carbazole and triazine fragments linked by a silicon atom. The molecules assemble into nanoparticles which emit light in a different mechanism compared to standard single-molecule emitters. The energy levels of the electron-donating carbazole fragments and electron-accepting triazine fragments can be adjusted independently of each other to enable highly efficiency and stable red, green and blue OLED emitters.