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Highly emissive excitons with reduced exchange energy in thermally activated delayed fluorescent molecules

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Anton Pershin, David Hall, Vincent Lemaur, Juan-Carlos Sancho-Garcia, Luca Muccioli, Eli Zysman-Colman, David Beljonne, Yoann Olivier

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Abstract

Unlike conventional thermally activated delayed fluorescence chromophores, boron-centered azatriangulene-like molecules combine a small excited-state singlet-triplet energy gap with high oscillator strengths and minor reorganization energies. Here, using highly correlated quantum-chemical calculations, we report this is driven by short-range reorganization of the electron density taking place upon electronic excitation of these multi-resonant structures. Based on this finding, we design a series of π-extended boron- and nitrogen-doped nanographenes as promising candidates for efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters with concomitantly decreased singlet-triplet energy gaps, improved oscillator strengths and core rigidity compared to previously reported structures, permitting both emission color purity and tunability across the visible spectrum.
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Original languageEnglish
Article number597
Number of pages5
JournalNature Communications
Volume10
Early online date5 Feb 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Feb 2019

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