Thermally irreversible photochromic 1-tert-butyl-substituted 2,3-bisthiazolylindenol has been synthesized. It showed perfect diastereoselectivity and high ring-closing quantum yield with high conversion ratio to the closed form. The collaborative interaction of two intramolecular hydrogen bonds and the steric restriction fixed the conformation in favour of cyclization in a highly diastereoselective manner.
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