Sterically hindered diarylethenes with a benzobis(thiadiazole) bridge: photochemical and kinetic studies
2015 (English)In: Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ISSN 2050-7526, Vol. 3, no 33, 8665-8674 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Four rationally designed diarylethenes (DAEs) 1-4 with a benzobis(thiadiazole) bridge are specifically designed for gaining insights into steric effects on photochromic performances. It is shown that, upon increasing steric hindrance, the exchanging rate between two main conformers in the ring-open form gradually slows down, offering the opportunity for isolating photoactive anti-parallel conformers. Impressively, the separated anti-parallel conformer shows high cyclization quantum yields over the unresolved common DAEs. The typical donor-pi-acceptor (D-pi-A) feature in ring-open DAEs 1-4 endows their prominent fluorescence, which can be conveniently modulated by photocyclization. In the ring-closed form, the excess steric hindrance is found to seriously disrupt the thermal bistability, and particularly 3c fades quickly with a half-life of several hours at ambient temperature. In contrast, both 1c and 2c exhibit excellent stability, which originates from the stabilization effects of intramolecular hydrogen bonds. This work demonstrates the steric effects on the photochemical and kinetic behaviors of DAEs, providing a unique approach to develop photochromic DAEs with high photosensitivity.
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2015. Vol. 3, no 33, 8665-8674 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173294DOI: 10.1039/c5tc01796cISI: 000359565300027ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84939144462OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-173294DiVA: diva2:852545
QC 201509092015-09-092015-09-092015-09-09Bibliographically approved