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Circularly Polarized Luminescence from Chiral Tetranuclear Copper(I) Iodide Clusters

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posted on 31.01.2020, 20:27 by Li Yao, Guangda Niu, Junze Li, Liang Gao, Xufeng Luo, Bing Xia, Yuhao Liu, Peipei Du, Dehui Li, Chao Chen, Youxuan Zheng, Zewen Xiao, Jiang Tang
Circularly polarized luminescent (CPL) materials are promising in applications such as 3D displays and quantum communication. Hybrid organic–inorganic copper­(I) iodides have been rapidly developed due to their intense photoluminescence and structural diversity; nevertheless, the reported Cu–I clusters rarely show CPL activities. In this study, we introduced chiral organic molecules R/S-methylbenzylammonium (R/S-MBA) into Cu–I inorganic skeletons to achieve chiral tetranuclear (R/S-MBA)4Cu4I4 clusters with intense orange luminescence and CPL activity at room temperature. These enantiomeric (R/S-MBA)4Cu4I4 clusters show oppositely signed circular dichroism (CD) signals, which agree well with their simulated electronic CD spectra. The crystallization-induced helical arrangement of (R/S-MBA)4Cu4I4 clusters and their largely distorted polynuclear configuration demonstrate a new platform for the study of chiral-related properties.