DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202305796 ISSN: 1616-301X

Light‐Induced Electron Transfer Toward On/Off Room Temperature Phosphorescence in Two Photochromic Coordination Polymers

Dong‐Xue Feng, Ying Mu, Jie Li, Song‐ De Han, Jin‐Hua Li, Hui‐Li Sun, Mei Pan, Ji‐Xiang Hu, Guo‐Ming Wang
  • Electrochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Biomaterials
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


Photoswitchable room temperature phosphorescence (RTP) materials are of great interest due to their potential applications in optical devices and switches. Herein, two Zn‐based coordination polymers (CPs) (H3‐TPB)·[Zn6(H‐HEDP)(HEDP)3(H2O)2]·5H2O (complex 1; HEDP = hydroxyethylidene diphosphonate; TPB = 1,3,5‐tris(4‐pyridyl)benzene) and (H‐TPB)·[Zn3(H‐HEDP)(HEDP)(H2O)]·2H2O (complex 2) with distinguishable photochromism and tunable RTP are synthesized involving photoactive TPB molecules with different packing modes. Complex 1 exhibits bidirectionally on/off RTP regulation via on‐switch with excitation of 250−330 nm light and off‐switch with 350−380 nm, and the “turn‐on” behavior can be attributed to the advance of Förster resonance energy transfer‐assisted intersystem crossing (ISC) process while “turn‐off” process due to the transformation from H3‐TPB cations to H3‐TPB· radicals. Complex 2 exhibits photoswitchable RTP accompanied with reversible photochromism by leveraging the self‐absorption and RTP emission. Two demos based on the above compounds are further applied to demonstrate the application in information recording and encryption fields. This work supplies a strategy toward the design of switchable RTP systems using electron transfer photochromism, shedding light on broadening the frontiers of photoresponsive materials.

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