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Keywords:

  • liquid crystals;
  • luminescence;
  • metal–metal interactions;
  • platinum;
  • supramolecular chemistry
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Soft matter with a hard core: Through PtII⋅⋅⋅PtII and hydrophobic interactions, planar organoplatinum(II) cations with chloride or sulfate as counterions self-organize themselves in water into red-emissive, chromonic, and viscoelastic mesophases from which aligned films and discrete uniaxial microfibers with cofacial molecular orientations can be readily prepared.