Two new anthracene derivatives 9,10-bis(2-biphenyl)anthracene (BBPA) and 9,10-bis[2-(α-naphthyl]phenyl] anthracene (BNPA) were synthesized by Suzuki coupling reaction and character-ized by 1 H NMR, mass spectrum and elemental analysis. The quantum chemistry calculations show that these compounds have non-coplanar structures and their photophysical properties are controlled by the anthracene unit. Both of these compounds exhibit high-efficiency blue emission in CH2 Cl2 solutions. The emission spectrum of BBPA as solid film is obviously broader than that measured from CH2 Cl2 solution, while the emission spectrum of BNPA as solid film does not broaden compared to that acquired from CH2 Cl2 solution. Two deep-blue non-doped electroluminescent devices were fabricated employing BBPA or BNPA as emitting layer. The device based on BBPA exhibits a maximum external quantum efficiency of 2. 48% and CIE coordinate of (0. 16, 0. 09). The device based on BNPA acquires a maximum exter-nal quantum efficiency of 2. 68% and CIE coordinate of (0. 15, 0. 07). In addition, both of these devices show low turn-on voltage and high stability.