An interesting physical phenomenon, electroluminescence, that was originally observed with a hydrocarbon molecule has recently been developed into highly efficient organic light-emitting devices. These modern devices have evolved through the development of multi-element molecular materials for specific roles, and hydrocarbon devices have been left unexplored. In this study, we report an efficient organic light-emitting device composed solely of hydrocarbon materials. The electroluminescence was achieved in the blue region by efficient fluorescence and charge recombination within a simple single-layer architecture of macrocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. This study may stimulate further studies on hydrocarbons to uncover their full potential as electronic materials.
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