“Irregular” aggregation-induced emission luminogens

Xiaoning Li, Meng Li, Mengqing Yang, Huining Xiao, Lidong Wang, Zhijun Chen, Shouxin Liu, Jian Li, Shujun Li, Tony D. James

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Highly efficient luminescent materials have garnered considerable interest due to their special photophysical properties and potential applications. Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) is a photophysical phenomenon, in which concentrated or aggregated molecules produce enhanced light emission. In this review, we will introduce recent articles from the exciting area of AIE over the past five years, including a discussion of the underlying luminescence mechanism and potential applications. Given that the mechanism of these systems is the focus of much scientific interest, we will systematically summarize the latest research achievements directed towards investigating the luminescence mechanism of these AIE luminogens (AIEgens). We believe this review will be of particular interest to chemists and chemical engineers in the AIE community in addition to researchers working with biological systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number213358
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Early online date18 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


  • Aggregation-induced emission (AIE)
  • Applications
  • Mechanism
  • Natural AIEgens
  • Non-conventional AIEgens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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