Photoactivated organic phosphorescence by stereo-hindrance engineering for mimicking synaptic plasticity

He Wang, Yuan Zhang, Chifeng Zhou, Xiao Wang, Huili Ma, Jun Yin, Huifang Shi, Zhongfu An, Wei Huang

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Purely organic phosphorescent materials with dynamically tunable optical properties and persistent luminescent characteristics enable more novel applications in intelligent optoelectronics. Herein, we reported a concise and universal strategy to achieve photoactivated ultralong phosphorescence at room temperature through stereo-hindrance engineering. Such dynamically photoactivated phosphorescence behavior was ascribed to the suppression of non-radiative transitions and improvement of spin-orbit coupling (SOC) as the variation of the distorted molecular conformation by the synergistic effect of electrostatic repulsion and steric hindrance. This “trainable” phosphorescent behavior was first proposed to mimic biological synaptic plasticity, especially for unique experience-dependent plasticity, by the manipulation of pulse intensity and numbers. This study not only outlines a principle to design newly dynamic phosphorescent materials, but also broadens their utility in intelligent sensors and robotics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number90
JournalLight: Science and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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