Triarylborane-based materials for OLED applications

Gulsen Turkoglu*, M. Emin Cinar, Turan Ozturk

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Multidisciplinary research on organic fluorescent molecules has been attracting great interest owing to their potential applications in biomedical and material sciences. In recent years, electron deficient systems have been increasingly incorporated into fluorescent materials. Triarylboranes with the empty p orbital of their boron centres are electron deficient and can be used as strong electron acceptors in conjugated organic fluorescent materials. Moreover, their applications in optoelectronic devices, energy harvesting materials and anion sensing, due to their natural Lewis acidity and remarkable solid-state fluorescence properties, have also been investigated. Furthermore, fluorescent triarylborane-based materials have been commonly utilized as emitters and electron transporters in organic light emitting diode (OLED) applications. In this review, triarylborane-based small molecules and polymers will be surveyed, covering their structure-property relationships, intramolecular charge transfer properties and solid-state fluorescence quantum yields as functional emissive materials in OLEDs. Also, the importance of the boron atom in triarylborane compounds is emphasized to address the key issues of both fluorescent emitters and their host materials for the construction of high-performance OLEDs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1522
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017

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Acknowledgments: We thank The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (111T075) and Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, for supporting this study. Unsped Global Logistic is gratefully acknowledged for financial support.

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Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu
Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi


    • Electroluminescence
    • Fluorescence quantum yields
    • OLED
    • Organic conjugated material
    • Triarylborane


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