Switchable multimode microlasers are of great significance to the development of photonic devices with high integration levels. Herein, we demonstrate an acid/alkaline gas-responsive multimode AIEgen@starch microsphere-based microlaser. The aggregation-induced emission (AIE) active fluorescent dye ASCPI was used as the gain medium in this study. ASCPI was weakly emissive in water but became highly emissive when introduced to a starch microsphere as a guest molecule. The resultant ASCPI@starch microsphere worked well as a typical whispering-gallery-mode microlaser. The laser mode wavelengths were size-dependent. Due to the sensitivity of ASCPI to pH, the output of the microlaser could be switched to a shorter wavelength by acetic acid vapor treatment or a longer wavelength by NH3vapor treatment. This work will provide useful enlightenment for the rational design of effective switchable lasers using AIE materials with simple preparation procedures.
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- Materials Chemistry