A series of axially chiral peri-xanthenoxanthenes (PXXs) were synthesized from 1,1′-bi-2-naphthol without optical resolution. These are the first examples of chiral PXXs. Among them, PXX 5 with two naphthalene rings connected via a methylenedioxy bridge and a chiral axis displayed intense fluorescence (FL) and circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) both in solution (φFL of 0.72 and |glum| of 1.4 × 10-3) and in the solid state (φFL of 0.13 and |glum| of 4.8 × 10-3). The bridged structure of PXX 5 adjusts the angle between the vectors of the electric and magnetic transition dipole moments, which is essential for showing intense CPL activity.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry