Unusual magnetic field responsive circularly polarized luminescence probes with highly emissive chiral europium(III) complexes

Zhang, Junhui and Dai, Lixiong and Webster, Alexandra M. and Chan, Wesley Ting Kwok and Mackenzie, Lewis E. and Pal, Robert and Cobb, Steven L. and Law, Ga-Lai (2021) Unusual magnetic field responsive circularly polarized luminescence probes with highly emissive chiral europium(III) complexes. Angewandte Chemie, 133 (2). pp. 1017-1023. ISSN 1433-7851

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    Abstract

    Chirality is ubiquitous within biological systems where many of the roles and functions are still undetermined. Given this, there is a clear need to design and develop sensitive chiral optical probes that can function within a biological setting. Here we report the design and synthesis of magnetically responsive Circularly Polarized Luminescence (CPL) complexes displaying exceptional photophysical properties (quantum yield up to 31 % and |glum| up to 0.240) by introducing chiral substituents onto the macrocyclic scaffolds. Magnetic CPL responses are observed in these chiral EuIII complexes, promoting an exciting development to the field of magneto-optics. The |glum| of the 5D0 → 7F1 transition increases by 20 % from 0.222 (0 T) to 0.266 (1.4 T) displaying a linear relationship between the Δglum and the magnetic field strength. These EuIII complexes with magnetic CPL responses, provides potential development to be used in CPL imaging applications due to improved sensitivity and resolution.