Aggregation-induced emission luminogens (AIEgens) have become an emerging field since the concept of AIE was proposed in 2001. Recently, AIEgens have attracted considerable attention due to their abnormal non-emissive fluorescent behavior in solution but strongly emissive behavior in the aggregate state. By utilizing the inherent hydrophobicity, AIEgens can be used to monitor the crystal formation and dewetting behavior in the self-assembly process. More importantly, some stimuli-responsive AIE-active surfaces have been successfully fabricated. In this perspective review, we outline the advances of surface wettability of AIEgens and its applications.
- Aggregation-induced emission
- Stimuli responsive