Switching emissions of two tetraphenylethene derivatives with solvent vapor, mechanical, and thermal stimuli
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Two derivatives of tetraphenylethene (TPE) were synthesized through one step cross McMurry coupling reaction. Both luminogens exhibit aggregation-induced emission (AIE) and crystallization induced emission enhancement (CIEE). The emissions of both luminogens could be switched between blue and green through reversible modulation of morphology with thermal, organic solvent fuming and mechanical stimuli. Thus we provide a possible design strategy for emission switching materials.