Photochemistry of 4-phenyl-1,2,3-thiadiazole (PT) and 4,5-diphenyl-1,2,3-thiadiazole (DPT) in solution was studied at room temperature using UV-vis and IR transient absorption spectroscopies (λex = 266 nm). Ultrafast techniques show a very fast rise (<0.3 ps) of thiirene and thioketene species, formed from 1,2,3-thiadiazoles in the singlet excited state. The remarkable unimolecular stability of thiirenes in solution is observed. On a millisecond time scale thiirenes with phenyl substituents undergo an intermolecular reaction (dimerization of thiirene–thioketene complexes) leading to 1,3-dithiole derivatives.
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