Abstract Organic salt 2-chloro-4-nitrobenzoate (CNBA-) 3-ammonium-phenol (AP+) exhibits fluorescence at 338 nm in solution and frontier molecular orbitals generated from TDDFT calculations indicate that the ground state and the excited state are physically separated on AP+ and CNBA-. The crystal structure and physical-chemical properties of the CNBA-·AP+ were investigated using X-ray single crystal and powder diffraction, SEM, FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR, and fluorescence spectrometry. X-ray diffraction demonstrates that the two molecules are linked via N+-H...O- ammonium-carboxylate interactions, as expected considering their interaction propensities. Proton transfer has been confirmed by FTIR analysis. The melting point of CNBA-·AP+ was observed at 186°C, which is higher than pure CNBA (140°C) or AP (120°C). The observation of a spatially separated HOMO and LUMO possessing a narrow ΔEST = 73.3 meV and an emission in the blue region is promising as an alternative method for the production of OLED materials.