An anthracene derivative, 9,10‐dicyanoanthracene, crystallizes as fluorescent needle‐like single crystals that can be readily plastically bent in two directions. Spatially resolved photoluminescence analysis revealed that this material has robust optoelectronic properties that are preserved upon extreme crystal deformation. The highly flexible crystals were successfully tested as efficient switchable optical waveguiding elements for both active and passive light transduction, and the mode of operation depends on the wavelength of the incident light. This prototypical dual‐mode organic optical crystalline fiber brings mechanically compliant molecular organic crystals closer to applications as novel light‐transducing media for wireless transfer of information in all‐organic micro‐optoelectronic devices.
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