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Issue 10, 2014
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Ultrafast polyene dynamics: the ring opening of 1,3-cyclohexadiene derivatives

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Abstract

The light activated ring-opening reaction of the 1,3-cyclohexadiene chromophore finds application in optical control, optical switching, optical memory, light activated molecular machines, photobiology, photochromic materials, and conformation-specific photocatalysts. The development of ultrafast spectroscopic methods and powerful computational methods have accelerated the understanding and facilitated the application of this important chromophore in a wide range of systems. Here we look at the current state of theoretical and experimental understanding for the ring-opening reaction of the isolated cyclohexadiene molecule and the ring-opening reactions of substituted cyclohexadienes, including fulgides, diarylethenes, and provitamin D.

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Submitted
11 Nov 2013
Accepted
10 Jan 2014
First published
24 Jan 2014

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 4439-4455
Article type
Perspective

Ultrafast polyene dynamics: the ring opening of 1,3-cyclohexadiene derivatives

B. C. Arruda and R. J. Sension, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 4439
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP54767A

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