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Interfacial Clustering-Triggered Fluorescence–Phosphorescence Dual Solvoluminescence of Metal Nanoclusters

Interfacial Clustering-Triggered Fluorescence–Phosphorescence Dual Solvoluminescence of Metal Nanoclusters
Kailong Dong, Jianhua Xu, Kun Zhang, Shan Dai, Peng Wu, Haifeng Pan, Yuting Chen, Pengcheng Liu, Songqiu Yang, Jiasheng Zhou, Sanjun Zhang, Li Chen, Taiqun Yang, Jinquan Chen
The fluorescence–phosphorescence dual solvoluminescence (SL) of water-soluble metal nanoclusters (NCs) at room temperature was successfully achieved by a simple solvent-stimulated strategy. The strong interaction between carboxylate ligands and the metal core at the nanoscale interface not only induces rigid conformations of carbonyl groups but also affords a perfect carbonyl cluster that acts as an exact chromophore of metal NCs for aggregation-induced emission (AIE) mechanics. The clustering of carbonyl groups bearing on the polymer backbone chain is promoted by newly discovered n → π* noncovalent interactions. The efficient delocalization of electrons in overlapped C═O double bonds between neighboring carbonyl groups triggered by strong n → π* interactions in the polymer cluster accounts for its unique SL properties, especially the abnormal phosphorescence. This was further confirmed by controlled experiments for the presence of intersystem crossing (ISC) transitions. The results provide novel insights for understanding the complex SL process and open up a new way to study the inherent mechanism of SL by broadening the application of metal NCs.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01736

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01736

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