Dr. Jianyu Zhang


Dynamic patterns based on luminescent materials play an essential role in the digital age. However, it is still challenging to develop highly emissive photofluorochromic materials with dynamic behaviors to store information with multiple characteristics. Here, we report a series of dihydroazulene-based compounds which show typical aggregation-induced emission (AIE) effect. Moreover, the photo-switching ability of the dihydroazulene units, undergoing light-induced ring-opening, enables photofluorochromic properties. The photofluorochromism also shows quantitively described responses to time and temperature via a reverse ring-closing process. Ultimately, a rewritable 4D information system, embedded with a quick response code, dot matrix with microstructures, color matrix of fluorescence, and time/temperature-dependent intensity change, is established with dynamic patterns. This work not only develops a dynamic AIE skeleton with photofluorochromic properties but also provides a new strategy for information encryption and cybernetics.


  1. Zhang, J.; Shen, H.; Tang, B. Z. et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202208460.
  2. Zhang, J.; Zhang, H. Tang, B. Z. et al. Chem. Res. Chin. Univ. 2021, 37, 1-15.

University: HKUST

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