Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol.124, No.48, 10082-10089, 2020
Organic Thermometers Based on Aggregation of Difluoroboron beta-Diketonate Chromophores
We report several novel thermometers resulting from the temperature-induced aggregation of difluoroboron beta-diketonate chromophores. These thermometers exhibit a much wider temperature-dependent fluorescence emission from 445 to 592 nm along with the color change from blue to red in a dilute chloroform solution. Spectroscopy measurements and theoretical calculations confirm that the thermochromic luminescence originates from the reversible change in the noncovalent intermolecular interactions and the abrupt volume shrinkage of the solvent at its melting point. The present work provides a new strategy for rationally designing high-performance thermometers having a wide emission property.