Degradation Mechanisms in Blue Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Devices by Exciton-Polaron Interactions: Loss in Quantum Yield versus Loss in Charge Balance.

ACS applied materials & interfaces

PubMedID: 27957832

Zhang Y, Aziz H. Degradation Mechanisms in Blue Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Devices by Exciton-Polaron Interactions: Loss in Quantum Yield versus Loss in Charge Balance. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2016;.
We study the relative importance of deterioration of material quantum yield and charge balance to the electroluminescence stability of PHOLEDs, with a special emphasis on blue devices. Investigations show that the quantum yields of both host and emitter in the emission layer degrade due to exciton-polaron interactions, and that the deterioration in material quantum yield plays the primary role in device degradation under operation. On the other hand, the results show that the charge balance factor is also affected by exciton-polaron interactions, but only plays a secondary role in determining device stability. Finally, we show that the degradation mechanisms in blue PHOLEDs are fundamentally the same as those in green PHOLEDs. The limited stability of the blue devices is a result of faster deterioration in the quantum yield of the emitter.