Tunable Phosphorescent Emission through Energy Transfer within Multilayer Thin Films Based on a Carbazole-Based Host and Ir(III)-Complex Guest System

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  • Hosub Kim,

    1. Center for Functional Polymer Thin Films, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Shilim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 151-744, South Korea
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  • Yi-Yeol Lyu,

    1. Center for Functional Polymer Thin Films, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Shilim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 151-744, South Korea
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  • Kyungsun Choi,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Mainz, Duesbergweg 10-14, 55099 Mainz, Germany
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  • Rudolf Zentel,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Mainz, Duesbergweg 10-14, 55099 Mainz, Germany
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  • Soo-Hyoung Lee,

    1. School of Semiconductor and Chemical Engineering, Chonbuk National University, 661-14, Duckjin-dong, Jeonju, 561-756, South Korea
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  • Kookheon Char

    Corresponding author
    1. Center for Functional Polymer Thin Films, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Shilim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 151-744, South Korea
    • Center for Functional Polymer Thin Films, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Shilim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 151-744, South Korea. Fax: +82 2 873 1548
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Abstract

A new method to tune both phosphorescence emission intensity and spectroscopic colors based on the alternatively structured host/guest multilayer thin films prepared by the spin-assisted LbL deposition is presented. Their emission characteristics are demonstrated with pairs of positively charged Ir-PEI complexes as guests and negatively charged CBZ-PAA as hosts. The phosphorescent emission of Ir-PEI complexes is enhanced by the energy transfer from the host to the guest and, additionally, this energy transfer can be finely tuned by the insertion of spacer layers between the phosphorescent donor and acceptor layers to vary the emission intensity as well as to render different emission colors.

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