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  1. Synthesis of two dithia[9]helicenes by means of a LED-based double photocyclization is reported. The compounds have sulfur atoms placed at the terminal rings of the helicene, and they display two alternative C 2 -symmetrical arrangements named exo (1) and endo (2). Separation of enantiomers of opposite helicity allowed the complete characterization in solution, in silico , by X-ray crystallography, and adsorbed on gold. The theoretical analysis confirms the unexpected finding that endo -dithia[9]helicene displays an experimental dissymmetry factor ( g lum ) in CPL larger than its isomer exo -dithia[9]helicene (–0.0125 vs. −0.0042). This enhanced g lum factor ranks among the largest for a helicene-type molecule. Comparison with smaller analogues, namely exo and endo -dithia[7]helicenes (10 and 11, respectively), is also presented. 
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  2. Enantiopure helicene-porphyrin conjugates were prepared. They show strong changes in their circular dichroic response as compared to classical helicene derivatives, with highly intense bisignate Exciton Coupling (EC) signal and Δ ε values up to 680 M −1 cm −1 for the Soret band. They also display circularly polarized fluorescence in the (far-)red region, with dissymmetry factors up to 7 × 10 −4 . 
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  3. Chiral [Ir(N^C)2(C^C:)] complexes are described. At room temperature they act as emitters in the red and NIR regions. Their optical and chiroptical properties were studied. Remarkably VCD and TD-DFT allow us to ascertain their stereochemistry.

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    While the development of chiral molecules displaying circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) has received considerable attention, the corresponding CPL intensity, g lum, hardly exceeds 10 −2 at the molecular level owing to the difficulty in optimizing the key parameters governing such a luminescence process. To address this challenge, we report here the synthesis and chiroptical properties of a new family of π-helical push–pull systems based on carbo[6]helicene, where the latter acts as either a chiral electron acceptor or a donor unit. This comprehensive experimental and theoretical investigation shows that the magnitude and relative orientation of the electric ( μe ) and magnetic (μ m ) dipole transition moments can be tuned efficiently with regard to the molecular chiroptical properties, which results in high g lum values, i.e. up to 3–4 × 10 −2 . Our investigations revealed that the optimized mutual orientation of the electric and magnetic dipoles in the excited state is a crucial parameter to achieve intense helicene-mediated exciton coupling, which is a major contributor to the obtained strong CPL. Finally, top-emission CP-OLEDs were fabricated through vapor deposition, which afforded a promising g El of around 8 × 10 −3 . These results bring about further molecular design guidelines to reach high CPL intensity and offer new insights into the development of innovative CP-OLED architectures. 
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  7. Abstract

    The photophysical and chiroptical properties of a novel, chiral helicene‐NHC−Re(I) complex bearing anN‐(aza[6]helicenyl)‐benzimidazolylidene ligand are described, showing its ability to emit yellow circularly polarized luminescence. A comparative analysis of this new system with other helicene‐Re(I) complexes reported to date illustrates the impact of structural modifications on the emissive and absorptive properties.

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