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Recent Progress in Nonconventional Luminescent Macromolecules and their Applications

Jiang, Nan; Zhu, Chang-Yi; Li, Ke-Xin; Xu, Yan-Hong; Bryce, Martin R.

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Nan Jiang

Chang-Yi Zhu

Ke-Xin Li

Yan-Hong Xu


Traditional π-conjugated luminescent macromolecules typically suffer from aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) and high cytotoxicity, and they require complex synthetic processes. In contrast, nonconventional luminescent macromolecules (NCLMs) with nonconjugated structures possess excellent biocompatibility, ease of preparation, unique luminescence behavior, and emerging applications in optoelectronics, biology, and medicine. NCLMs are currently believed to produce inherent luminescence due to through-space conjugation of overlapping electron orbitals in solid/aggregate states. However, as experimental facts continue to exceed expectations or even overturn some previous assumptions, there is still controversy about the detailed luminous mechanism of NCLMs, and extensive studies are needed to further explore the mechanism. This Perspective highlights recent progress in NCLMs and classifies and summarizes these advances from the viewpoint of molecular design, mechanism exploration, applications, and challenges and prospects. The aim is to provide guidance and inspiration for the huge fundamental and practical potential of NCLMs.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 23, 2024
Online Publication Date Jun 11, 2024
Publication Date Jun 25, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 28, 2024
Journal Macromolecules
Print ISSN 0024-9297
Electronic ISSN 1520-5835
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 12
Pages 5561-5577
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