Offering the possibility of flexible, efficient, and bio-compatible devices with a wide range of properties, organic materials are an exciting and quickly developing platform for electronics. In particular, a new generation of organic light-emitting materials, based on thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF), has drawn considerable attention because of their unique physics, with applications in photonic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). A deep and complete understanding of the unique mechanisms at work in these new materials is vital for fully unlocking their potential but encompasses too many disciplines to be realized by a single research group.

This research program will tackle these challenges through an international collaborative network connecting experts in a variety of fields, thereby establishing a hub that is a world leader in the molecular design, analysis, and creation of organic electronics materials and devices. We will design and synthesize new molecules based on quantum chemical calculations, analyze their properties in devices, and clarify their physics to develop a new generation of TADF materials. These developments will also help advance the creation of new laser materials for current-injection organic semiconductor lasers, which are seen as the next major challenge after OLEDs.