The non-doped orange-red phosphorescent organic light-emitting device (PHOLED) based on a newly synthesized iridium complex, bis[2-(biphenyl-4-yl)benzothiazole-N,C2']iridium(III)(acetylacetonate) [(4Phbt)2Ir(acac)] has been demonstrated. The non-doped device with (4Phbt)2Ir(acac) as the emissive layer achieved ideal turn-on voltage (<4 V) and superior power efficiency (5 lm/W) as well as luminance efficiency (6 cd/A), respectively. Our device performance indicates that (4Phbt)2Ir(acac) possesses excellent self-quenching-resistant property. The potential of this property is originated from the introduction of bulky and twisted aromatic substituents in ligands, which break the molecular planarity and obstruct the molecular packing. Besides, the high electroluminescence efficiency is also attributed to that the energy level alignment between (4Phbt)2Ir(acac) and adjacent charge-transporting materials forms a well-like structure, which confines exciton effectively in emissive layer.
White organic light-emitting devices (WOLEDs) with combined doping emissive layer (EML) and ultrathin EML have been fabricated to investigate the effect of each EML on the electroluminescent (EL) performance of the WOLEDs. Through tailoring doping concentration of bis[(4,6-difluorophenyl)-pyridinato-N,C2’](picolinate) iridium(III) (FIrpic) and thickness of ultrathin bis[2-(4-tertbutylphenyl)benzothiazolato-N,C2’] iridium (acetylacetonate) [(tbt)2Ir(acac)] EML, it is found that the change in the doping ratio of FIrpic significantly influenced the EL efficiencies and spectra, while the alteration of ultrathin EML thickness had much milder effect on the EL performance. The results indicated that ultrathin EML is in favor of reproducibility in mass production compared with doping method.