Bio‐Organic Chiral Nematic Materials with Adaptive Light Emission and On‐Demand Handedness

Bio‐Organic Chiral Nematic Materials with Adaptive Light Emission and On‐Demand Handedness

Real-time active control of the handedness of circularly polarized light emission requires sophisticated manufacturing and structural reconfigurations of inorganic optical components that can rarely be achieved in traditional passive optical structures. Here, robust and flexible emissive optically-doped biophotonic materials that facilitate the dynamic optical activity are reported. These optically active bio-enabled materials with a chiral nematic-like organization of cellulose nanocrystals with intercalated organic dye generated strong circularly polarized photoluminescence with a high asymmetric factor. Reversible phase-shifting of the photochromic molecules intercalated into chiral nematic organization enables alternating circularly polarized light emission with on-demand handedness. Real-time alternating handedness can be triggered by either remote light illumination or changes in the acidic environment. This unique dynamic chiro-optical behavior presents an efficient way to design emissive bio-derived materials for dynamic programmable active photonic materials for optical communication, optical coding, visual protection, and visual adaptation.

Source: Online Library, Wiley

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