New AIE-Active Copolymers with Au(I) Isocyanide Acrylate Units


The development of new organometallic materials with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics is pursuing due to their wide prospects in various application fields. In this work, we synthesized Au(I)-containing copolymers (P13) by copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomers, carrying Au(I) isocyanide acrylate unit and MMA in different molar ratios. All polymers exhibited AIE activities due to the introduction of the Au(I) isocyanide units. Increasing the Au(I) content in the polymers could effectively facilitate their emission. In addition, polymer P3 was demonstrated as a sensitive fluorescent probe for explosive detection.

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We are grateful for financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21788102, 21490570, 21490574 and 21472059), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (16305618, C6009-17G, and A-HKUST605/16), the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC-CNERC14SC01), and the Science and Technology Plan of Shenzhen (JCYJ20160229205601482 and JCYJ20170818113602462).

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Zhang, J., Zou, H., Wang, X. et al. New AIE-Active Copolymers with Au(I) Isocyanide Acrylate Units. J Inorg Organomet Polym 30, 1490–1496 (2020).

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  • Aggregation-induced emission
  • Au(I) isocyanide
  • Fluorescent sensor
  • Explosive detection