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Enantiomorphic Perovskite Ferroelectrics with Circularly Polarized Luminescence

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posted on 28.02.2020, 12:34 by Ji-Xing Gao, Wan-Ying Zhang, Zheng-Guang Wu, You-Xuan Zheng, Da-Wei Fu
Materials with circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) activity have immense potential applications in molecular switches, optical sensors, information storage, asymmetric photosynthesis, 3D optical displays, biological probe, and spintronic devices. However, the achiral architectures of most of the luminophores severely limit their practical needs. Within this context, molecular ferroelectrics with striking chemical variability and structure–property flexibility bring light to the assembly of CPL-active ferroelectric materials. Herein, we report organic–inorganic perovskite enantiomorphic ferroelectrics, (R)- and (S)-3-(fluoro­pyrrol­idinium)­MnBr3, undergoing a 222F2-type ferroelectric phase transition at 273 K. Their mirror relationships are verified by both single-crystal X-ray diffraction and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD). Furthermore, the corresponding Cotton effect for two chiral crystals was captured by mirror CPL activity. This may be assigned to the inducing interaction between the achiral luminescent perovskite framework and chiral organic components. As far as we know, this is the first molecular ferroelectric with CPL activity. Accordingly, this will inspire intriguing research in molecular ferroelectrics with CPL activity and holds great potential for the development of new optoelectronic devices.