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Synthesis and Redox and Photophysical Properties of Benzodifuran-Spiropyran Ensembles

Published inChemistry, vol. 19, no. 20, p. 6459-6466
Publication date2013
Abstract

Two benzodifuran (BDF)-coupled spiropyran (SP) systems and their BDF reference compounds were obtained in good yields through Huisgen–Meldal–Sharpless “click” chemistry and then subjected to investigation of their electrochemical and photophysical properties. In both SP and merocyanine (MC) forms of the coupled molecules, the BDF-based emission is quenched to around 1 % of the quantum yield of emission from the BDF reference compounds. Based on electrochemical data, this quenching is attributed to oxidative electron-transfer quenching. Irradiation at 366 nm results in ring opening to the MC forms of the BDF-coupled SP compounds and the SP reference compound with a quantum efficiency of about 50 %. The rate constants for the thermal ring closing are approximately 3.4×10−3 s−1. However, in the photostationary states the MC fractions of the coupled molecules are substantially lower than that of the reference SP compound, attributed to the observed acceleration of the ring-closing reaction upon irradiation. As irradiation at 366 nm invariably also excites higher-energy transitions of the BDF units in the coupled compounds, the ring-opening reaction is accelerated relative to the SP reference, which results in lower MC fractions in the photostationary state. Reversible photochromism of these BDF-coupled SP compounds renders them promising in the field of molecular switches.

Keywords
  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Click chemistry
  • Electron transfer
  • Photochromism
  • Redox chemistry
  • Spiro compounds
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LI, Hui et al. Synthesis and Redox and Photophysical Properties of Benzodifuran-Spiropyran Ensembles. In: Chemistry, 2013, vol. 19, n° 20, p. 6459–6466. doi: 10.1002/chem.201204043
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