Recent advances in organic luminescent materials with narrowband emission

Jung Min Ha, Seon Hyoung Hur, Ambika Pathak, Ji Eun Jeong, Han Young Woo

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The International Telecommunication Union announced a new color gamut standard of broadcast service television (BT 2020) for ultra-high-definition TV in 2012. To satisfy the wide-color gamut standard of BT 2020, monochromatic red (R), green (G), and blue (B) emissions require a small full width at half-maximum, which is an important property for improving color purity. Although organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays are currently one of the main types of display technologies, their broad emission via strong vibronic coupling between ground and excited states is a major hurdle to overcome in the development of next-generation wide-color gamut displays. Thus, the development of OLED emitters with narrowband R–G–B emissions is of great significance. In this review, the recent progress in the development of OLED materials with narrowband emission is summarized by grouping them into fluorescent, phosphorescent, and thermally activated delayed fluorescent emitters to reveal the correlation between molecular structures, optical properties, and device characteristics. We discuss rational molecular design strategies to achieve narrow photoluminescence and electroluminescence and the underlying mechanisms for controlling the emission bandwidth. Finally, the challenges in the realization of wide-color gamut OLED displays and the future prospects of such devices are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number53
JournalNPG Asia Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea (Grants NRF-2019R1A2C2085290, 2019R1A6A1A11044070, 2016M1A2A2940911, NRF2020M3H4A3081814). This work was supported by the Korea University Grant and LG Display.

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© 2021, The Author(s).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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