Multimodal-Responsive Circularly Polarized Luminescence Security Materials

March 16, 2023


Multimodal-Responsive Circularly Polarized Luminescence Security Materials


Qi Guo, Mingjiang Zhang, Zhi Tong, Shanshan Zhao, Yajie Zhou, Yaxin Wang, Shan Jin, Jie Zhang, Hong-Bin Yao, Manzhou Zhu, and Taotao Zhuang




J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 7, 4246–4253


Nations, industries, and aspects of everyday life have undergone forgery and counterfeiting ever since the emergence of commercialization. Securing documents and products with anticounterfeit additives shows promise for authentication, allowing one to combat ever-increasing global counterfeiting. One most-used effective encryption strategy is to combine with optical-security markers on the required protection objects; however, state-of-the-art labels still suffer from imitation due to their poor complexity and easy forecasting, as a result of deterministic production. Developing advanced anticounterfeiting tags with unusual optical characters and further incorporating complex security features are desired to achieve multimodal, unbreakable authentication capacity; unfortunately, this has not yet been achieved. Here, we prepare a series of stable circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) materials, composed of toxicity-free, high-quality-emitting inorganic quantum dots (QDs) and liquid crystals, using a designed helical-coassembly strategy. This CPL system achieves a figure of merit (FM, assessing the performance of both luminescence dissymmetry and quantum yield) value of 0.39, fulfilling practical demands for anticounterfeiting applications. Based on these CPL structures, we produce a type of multimodal-responsive security materials (MRSMs) that exhibits six different stimuli-responsive modes, including light activation, polarization, temperature, voltage, pressure, and view angle. Thus, we show a proof-of-principle blockchain-like integrated anticounterfeiting system, allowing multimodal-responsive, interactive/changeable information encryption–decryption. We further encapsulate the obtained security materials into a fiber to expand our materials to work on flexible fabrics, that is, building an intelligent textile with a color-adaptable function along with environmental change.