Journal Highlight: Multicolor fluorescence writing based on host–guest interactions and force-induced fluorescence-color memory

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  • Published: Aug 10, 2015
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A new strategy for multicolor fluorescence writing on thin solid films with mechanical forces has been illustrated by the use of a green-fluorescent pentiptycene derivative which forms variably colored fluorescent exciplexes.

Multicolor fluorescence writing based on host–guest interactions and force-induced fluorescence-color memory

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 7985-7989
Yuki Matsunaga and Jye-Shane Yang

Abstract: A new strategy is reported for multicolor fluorescence writing on thin solid films with mechanical forces. This concept is illustrated by the use of a green-fluorescent pentiptycene derivative which forms variably colored fluorescent exciplexes: a change from yellow to red was observed with anilines, and fluorescence quenching (a change to black) occurred in the presence of benzoquinone. Mechanical forces, such as grinding and shearing, induced a crystalline-to-amorphous phase transition in both the pristine and guest-adsorbed solids that led to a change in the fluorescence color (mechanofluorochromism) and a memory of the resulting color. Fluorescence drawings of five or more colors were created on glass or paper and could be readily erased by exposure to air and dichloromethane fumes. The structural and mechanistic aspects of the observations are also discussed.

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