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Optically Active Upconverting Nanoparticles with Induced Circularly Polarized Luminescence and Enantioselectively Triggered Photopolymerization

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posted on 26.01.2019, 18:13 by Xue Jin, Yutao Sang, Yonghong Shi, Yuangang Li, Xuefeng Zhu, Pengfei Duan, Minghua Liu
In this work, lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) showing upconverted circularly polarized luminescence were demonstrated in an organic–inorganic co-assembled system. Achiral UCNPs (NaYF4:Yb/Er or NaYF4:Yb/Tm) can be encapsulated into chiral helical nanotubes through the procedure of co-gelation. These co-gel systems display intense upconverted circularly polarized luminescence (UC-CPL) ranging from ultraviolet (UV, 300 nm) to near-infrared (NIR, 850 nm) wavelength. In addition, the UV part of UC-CPL can be used to initiate the enantioselective polymerization of diacetylene.