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Photoswitchable nonlinear optical materials about metal complexes


Incorporating photosensitive molecules into the organic/inorganic hybrid materials may contribute to forming the photoresponsive systems. The second/third-order nonlinear optical properties can be changed via external light stimulation at an appropriate wavelength. The photochromic metal complexes seem to be the superior promising materials in the domain of photoswitchable nonlinear optics (NLO). Thus, the purpose of this review is to examine current progress of metal complexes in the field of photoswitchable NLO materials and give perspectives for the future. The overview includes the second-order and third-order NLO photoswitches NLO properties of metal complexes. Combining with the characteristics of pyrene and stilbazolium groups, we describe a kind of new photoswitchable NLO materials. The rapidly increasing investigations in this domain suggest that NLO photoswitches of metal complexes will play a critical role for inspiring applications in the future.

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The article was received on 24 Oct 2017, accepted on 14 Nov 2017 and first published on 14 Nov 2017

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03989A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Photoswitchable nonlinear optical materials about metal complexes

    H. Hou, X. Xue, H. Wang and Y. Han, Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03989A

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