Frontiers of Optoelectronics

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 317–332 | Cite as

Progress on photochromic diarylethenes with aggregation induced emission

  • Nuo-Hua Xie
  • Ying Chen
  • Huan Ye
  • Chong LiEmail author
  • Ming-Qiang Zhu
Review Article


Among various photochromic compounds, diarylethenes (DAEs) have been widely studied and applied due to their excellent thermal bistability and fatigue resistance. Most researches are focused on the properties and applications of DAEs in solution. However, they meet the problem of fluorescence quenching at high concentration or at solid state which limits their performance in the practical applications. Fortunately, the DAE based photochromic aggregation-induced emission (AIE) materials do well in addressing this problem. This work here reviews the current research progress on the structures, properties and applications of the DAE based photochromic AIE materials and points out some existing problems so as to promote subsequent development of this field in the future.


aggregation-induced emission (AIE) photochromism diarylethene (DAE) fluorescence photoswitching optical memory super-resolution imaging 


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This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program (973) of China (Nos. 2015CB755602, and 2013CB 922104), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51673077, 51603078, and 21474034), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (HUST: 2016YXMS029, HUST: 2018KFYXKJ C033), the Nature Science Foundation of Hubei Province (2018CFB574) and Director Fund of WNLO (2016).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuo-Hua Xie
    • 1
  • Ying Chen
    • 1
  • Huan Ye
    • 1
  • Chong Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ming-Qiang Zhu
    • 1
  1. 1.Wuhan National Laboratory for OptoelectronicsHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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