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Title: Development of High-Efficiency White OLEDs Using Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) Emitters

 [1];  [2]
  1. OLEDWorks LLC, Rochester, NY (United States)
  2. Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States)
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OLEDWorks LLC, Rochester, NY (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; OLED; thermally activated delayed fluorescence; phosphorescence; emitter; host material

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Kondakova, Marina, and Rothberg, Lewis. Development of High-Efficiency White OLEDs Using Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) Emitters. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Kondakova, Marina, & Rothberg, Lewis. Development of High-Efficiency White OLEDs Using Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) Emitters. United States.
Kondakova, Marina, and Rothberg, Lewis. Wed . "Development of High-Efficiency White OLEDs Using Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) Emitters". United States. doi:.
title = {Development of High-Efficiency White OLEDs Using Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) Emitters},
author = {Kondakova, Marina and Rothberg, Lewis},
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year = {Wed Mar 22 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Wed Mar 22 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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