Artificial design of organic emitters via a genetic algorithm enhanced by a deep neural network

Akshat Kumar Nigam, Robert Pollice*, Pascal Friederich, Alán Aspuru-Guzik*

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Abstract

The design of molecules requires multi-objective optimizations in high-dimensional chemical space with often conflicting target properties. To navigate this space, classical workflows rely on the domain knowledge and creativity of human experts, which can be the bottleneck in high-throughput approaches. Herein, we present an artificial molecular design workflow relying on a genetic algorithm and a deep neural network to find a new family of organic emitters with inverted singlet-triplet gaps and appreciable fluorescence rates. We combine high-throughput virtual screening and inverse design infused with domain knowledge and artificial intelligence to accelerate molecular generation significantly. This enabled us to explore more than 800 000 potential emitter molecules and find more than 10 000 candidates estimated to have inverted singlet-triplet gaps (INVEST) and appreciable fluorescence rates, many of which likely emit blue light. This class of molecules has the potential to realize a new generation of organic light-emitting diodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2618-2639
Number of pages22
JournalChemical Science
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21-Feb-2024
Externally publishedYes

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