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Title: Simulated evolution of fluorophores for light emitting diodes

Organic light emitting diodes based on fluorophores with a propensity for thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) are able to circumvent limitations imposed on device efficiency by spin statistics. Molecules with a propensity for TADF necessarily have two properties: a small gap between the lowest lying singlet and triplet excited states and a large transition dipole moment for fluorescence. In this work, we demonstrate the use of a genetic algorithm to search a region of chemical space for molecules with these properties. This algorithm is based on a flexible and intuitive representation of the molecule as a tree data structure, in which the nodes correspond to molecular fragments. Our implementation takes advantage of hybrid parallel graphics processing unit accelerated computer clusters to allow efficient sampling while retaining a reasonably accurate description of the electronic structure (in this case, CAM-B3LYP/6-31G{sup ∗∗}). In total, we have identified 3792 promising candidate fluorophores from a chemical space containing 1.26 × 10{sup 6} molecules. This required performing electronic structure calculations on only 7518 molecules, a small fraction of the full space. Several novel classes of molecules which show promise as fluorophores are presented.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22415492
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ALGORITHMS; COMPUTER-AIDED MANUFACTURING; DIPOLE MOMENTS; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; EXCITED STATES; FLUORESCENCE; LIGHT EMITTING DIODES; MOLECULES; SPIN; STATISTICS; TRIPLETS