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Visible-Light-Excited Ultralong Organic Phosphorescence by Manipulating Intermolecular Interactions

Visible-Light-Excited Ultralong Organic Phosphorescence by Manipulating Intermolecular Interactions
Jiewei Li, Huifang Shi, Suzhi Cai, Zhichao Cheng, Long Gu, Lin Li, Wei-wei Xiong, Shan Wang, Yun Ni, Wei Huang, Zhongfu An
Visible light is much more available and less harmful than ultraviolet light, but ultralong organic phosphorescence (UOP) with visible-light excitation remains a formidable challenge. Here, a concise chemical approach is provided to obtain bright UOP by tuning the molecular packing in the solid state under irradiation of available visible light, e.g., a cell phone flashlight under ambient conditions (room temperature and in air). The excitation spectra exhibit an obvious redshift via the incorporation of halogen atoms to tune intermolecular interactions. UOP is achieved through H-aggregation to stabilize the excited triplet state, with a high phosphorescence efficiency of 8.3% and a considerably long lifetime of 0.84 s. Within a brightness of 0.32 mcd m−2 that can be recognized by the naked eye, UOP can last for 104 s in total. Given these features, ultralong organic phosphorescent materials are used to successfully realize dual data encryption and decryption. Moreover, well-dispersed UOP nanoparticles are prepared by polymer-matrix encapsulation in an aqueous solution, and their applications in bioimaging are tentatively being studied. This result will pave the way toward expanding metal-free organic phosphorescent materials and their applications. Visible-light-excited ultralong organic phosphorescence is achieved with a considerably long phosphorescence lifetime of 0.84 s and high quantum efficiency of 8.3%. Given these features, visible-light-excited ultralong organic phosphorescent materials can be successfully applied in dual data encryption and molecular bioimaging.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/adma.201701244

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