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Photon-upconverting chiral liquid crystal: significantly amplified upconverted circularly polarized luminescence

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In this work, we demonstrate a room-temperature chiral liquid crystal which shows remarkable photon upconverted circularly polarized luminescence (UC-CPL). Circularly polarized luminescent materials with higher dissymmetry factor (glum) underpin the basis for future applications. Since most chiral organic molecules have only a small glum, it is vital to explore a new pathway to amplify the glum of organic compounds. Here, by dispersing a chiral emitter and a triplet donor into a room-temperature nematic liquid crystal, highly efficient triplet–triplet annihilation-based photon upconversion (TTA-UC) and UC-CPL were observed in the induced chiral nematic liquid crystal (N*LC). Moreover, this system could simultaneously amplify the promoted circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) and the upconverted circularly polarized luminescence. The dissymmetry factors glum of CPL and UC-CPL have been amplified by three orders of magnitude and one order of magnitude, respectively.

Graphical abstract: Photon-upconverting chiral liquid crystal: significantly amplified upconverted circularly polarized luminescence

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The article was received on 25 Aug 2018, accepted on 02 Oct 2018 and first published on 02 Oct 2018


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8SC03806F
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
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    Photon-upconverting chiral liquid crystal: significantly amplified upconverted circularly polarized luminescence

    X. Yang, J. Han, Y. Wang and P. Duan, Chem. Sci., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8SC03806F

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