Recent advances in light-emitting electrochemical cells

Rubén D. Costa, Enrique Ortí, Henk J. Bolink

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Light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) are solution-processable thin-film electroluminescent devices consisting of a luminescent material in an ionic environment. The simplest type of LEC is based on only one material, ionic transition-metal complexes (iTMCs). These materials are of interest for different scientific fields such as chemistry, physics, and technology as selected chemical modifications of iTMCs resulted in crucial breakthroughs for the performance of LECs. This short review highlights the different strategies used to design these compounds with the aim to enhance the performances of LECs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2115-2128
Number of pages14
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Ionic transition-metal complexes
  • Iridium complexes
  • Light-emitting electro-chemical cells
  • Lighting devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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