Polymers with Aggregation-Induced Emission Characteristics

  • Jiabao Gu
  • Anjun QinEmail author
  • Ben Zhong TangEmail author


With rapid development of aggregation-induced emission (AIE), AIE polymers have attracted great attention because of their outstanding properties such as intense fluorescence, easy processability, facile functionalization, structural diversity, and excellent thermal stability, which offer them with an extensive fields of applications. In this chapter, different synthetic strategies of AIE polymers will be summarized, mainly including post-functionalization and direct polymerization. After that, the widespread applications of AIE polymers in optoelectronic, sensing, and biological fields will be introduced. Although great progress has been made, more work can be done for further development of AIE polymers. As most of reported AIE polymers are based on TPE moiety, new AIE systems with various structures are highly desired, which possess high emission efficiency and broad emission spectrum.


Aggregation-induced emission AIEgen Polymer Click polymerization Post-functionalization Direct polymerization Tetraphenylethene Tetraphenylpyrazine Optoelectronic and biological application 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Luminescent Materials and Devices, Center for Aggregation-Induced EmissionSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong Branch of Chinese National Engineering Research Center for Tissue Restoration and ReconstructionThe Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong KongChina

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