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Multistimuli-Responsive and Antifreeze Aggregation-Induced Emission-Active Gels Based on CuNCs

  • Yuan, Jin;
  • Wu, Wenna;
  • Guo, Luxuan; 134718;
  • Hao, Jingcheng;
  • Dong, Shuli;
Publication Date
Jan 11, 2022
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Multistimuli-responsive fluorescent gelsbased small molecular gelator by supramolecular assembly, possessing excellent dynamic and reversible characteristic, have caused much concern. In this article, aggregation-induced emission-active fluorescence gels (AIE-gels) with chirality were developed by combining Cu nanoclusters (CuNCs) and natural amino acids, l-tryptophan (l-Trp) or d-Tryptophan (d-Trp). In DMSO/H2O mixed solvents, CuNCs can self-assemble to form intertwined fibersbased nanoparticles with numerous pores by introducing Zn2+. Fibers as second networks of heteronetwork structures are characterized with the participation of l-Trp or d-Trp for cross-linking to reinforce mechanical strength and chiral regulation of gel networks. Aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) of CuNCs endows the gels with excellent fluorescent properties by introducing solvents and gelation process. The fluorescent gels exhibit sufficient fluorescence intensity (FI) at -20 °C to -80 °C and possess sensitive responsibility including gel-sol transition and fluorescence behavior for stimuli of mechanical force, heating, pH, H2O2, and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). / status: published

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