Emission color tuning and white-light generation based on photochromic control of energy transfer reactions in polymer micelles

Magnus Bälter, Shiming Li, Masakazu Morimoto, Sicheng Tang, Jordi Hernando, Gonzalo Guirado, Masahiro Irie, Françisco M. Raymo, Joakim Andréasson

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Abstract

© 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry. We encapsulate a fluorescent donor molecule and a photochromic acceptor unit (photoswitch) in polymer micelles and show that the color of the emitted fluorescence is continuously changed from blue to yellow upon light-induced isomerization of the acceptor. Interestingly, white-light generation is achieved in between. With the photoswitch in the colorless form, intense blue emission from the donor is observed, while UV-induced isomerization to the colored form induces an energy transfer reaction that quenches the donor emission and sensitizes the yellow emission from the colored photoswitch. The process is reversed by exposure to visible light, triggering isomerization to the colorless form.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5867-5871
JournalChemical Science
Volume7
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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