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Product Code M441-500mg
Price £130 ex. VAT

Rubrene, molecular semiconductor with high charge mobility

Applications in organic electronics (OLEDs and OFETs)

Rubrene, a molecule with a tetracene backbone and four appended phenyl rings, is one of the most studied molecular semiconductors due to its high charge mobility. Notably, room-temperature hole mobilities of the order of 20-40 cm2V-1s-1 have been measured for rubrene in single-crystal organic field-effect transistors (SC-OFET) [1]. It is widely used in organic electronics, especially organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs).

General Information

CAS number 517-51-1
Chemical formula C42H28
Molecular weight 532.67 g/mol
Absorption λmax 299 nm (in THF)
Fluorescence λem 553 nm (in THF)
HOMO/LUMO HOMO = -5.4 eV, LUMO = -3.2 eV
Synonyms 5,6,11,12-Tetraphenylnaphthacene
Classification / Family Hydrocarbons, OLEDs, Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs), Organic electronics

Product Details

Purity  >99.0%
Melting point 330-335 °C (lit.)
Colour Red powder/crystals

Chemical Structure

Rubrene, tetraphenylnaphthacene
Chemical Structure of 5,6,11,12-tetraphenylnaphthacene (Rubrene)

Device Structure(s)

Device structure ITO/NPB (70 nm)/ADN: 0.5% rubrene (30 nm)/Alq3 (50 nm)/MgAg [6]
Colour White white light emitting device
Max. Luminance 11,700 cd/m2
Max. Current Efficiency 3.7 cd/A
Max. Power Efficiency 1.72 lm W-1
Device structure ITO/TPD (50 nm)/BePP2 (5 nm)/TPD (4 nm)/BePP2:rubrene (5 nm)/TPD (4 nm)/Alq (10 nm)/Al [7]
Colour White white light emitting device
Max. Luminance 20,000 cd/m2
Max. Power Efficiency 1.11 lm W−1
Device structure ITO/NPB/CBP:3 wt%TBPe:1 wt% rubrene/Zn(BTZ)2:5 wt% Ir(piq)2(acac)/Zn(BTZ)2/Mg:Ag [8]
Colour White white light emitting device
Max. EQE 2.4%
Max. Luminance 23,000 cd/m2
Device structure ITO/NPB/rubrene in p-DMDPVBi:NPB/TPBi/LiF/Al [9]
Colour White white light emitting device
Max. Luminance 18,100  cd/m2
Max. Current Efficiency 10.6 cd/A
Device structure ITO/PVK:TPD (30 nm)/Zn(BTZ)2:0.05 wt.% rubrene (50 nm)/Al (100 nm) [10]
Colour White white light emitting device
Max. EQE 0.63%
Max. Luminance 4,048 cd/m2
Max. Current Efficiency 4.05 cd/A


HPLC of rubrene
HPLC trace of 5,6,11,12-tetraphenylnaphthacene (rubrene)

MSDS Documentation

Rubrene MSDSRubrene MSDS sheet

Literature and Reviews

  1. Organic field-effect transistors using single crystals, T. Hasegawa et al., Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 10, 024314 (2009), doi:10.1088/1468-6996/10/2/024314.
  2. Rubrene: The Interplay between Intramolecular and Intermolecular Interactions Determines the Planarization of Its Tetracene Core in the Solid State, C. Sutton et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 8775-8782 (2015)
  3. Luminescence of Rubrene and DCJTB molecules in organic light-emitting devices, C-B. Moon et al., J. Luminescence, 146, 314-320, 2014.
  4. The effect of rubrene as a dopant on the efficiency and stability of organic thin film electroluminescent devices, Z. Zhang et al., J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 31, 32–35 (1998).
  5. Performance improvement of rubrene-based organic light emitting devices with a mixed single layer, Z. Wang et al., Appl Phys A 100: 1103–1108 (2010), DOI 10.1007/s00339-010-5710-4.
  6. Efficient and stable single-dopant white OLEDs based on 9,10-bis (2-naphthyl) anthracene, S. Tao et al., J. Luminance, 121(2), 568-572 (2006); doi:10.1016/j.jlumin.2005.12.053.
  7. Organic white light electroluminescent devices, S. Liu et al., Thin Solid Films, 363, 294-297 (2000); doi:10.1016/S0040-6090(99)01017-2. 
  8. Influence of Dopant Concentration on Electroluminescent Performance of Organic White-Light-Emitting Device with Double-Emissive-Layered Structure, M. Wu et al., Chin. Phys. Lett., 25, 294-297 (2008).
  9. Co-Host Comprising Hole-Transporting and Blue-Emitting Components for Efficient Fluorescent White OLEDs, Y-C. Chen et al., J. Electrochem. Soc., 159 (4) J127-J131 (2012); doi: 10.1149/2.092204jes.
  10. White organic light-emitting devices using Zn(BTZ)2 doped with Rubrene as emitting layer,
    J. Zheng et al., Chin. Sci. Bull., 50, 509-513 (2005); DOI: 10.1360/04wb0050.
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