Multicolor Organometallic Mechanophores for Polymer Imaging Driven by Exciplex Level Interactions

Georgy A. Filonenko, Dapeng Sun, Manuela Weber, Christian Müller, Evgeny A. Pidko

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Photoluminescent compounds can undergo various structural changes upon interaction with light. When these changes manifest themselves in the excited state, the resulting emitters can obtain a sensory function. In this work, we designed coordination compounds that can vary their emission color in response to thermal and mechanical stimuli. When embedded in a polymer matrix, Cu-NHC sensors act as mechanophores, and their color-based response can readily describe mechanical stress and phase transition phenomena. A strong practical advantage of new mechanophores over previous generations of organometallic stress sensors stems from their reliance on emission color variations that are easy to detect. In a broad context, our work implies that emission color variations that we often view as thermally governed can also be triggered mechanically and used to generate sensory information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9687-9692
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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