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Recent progresses on diarylethene based photochromic switches

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Abstract

Organic photochromic materials have received considerable attention because of their potential for photonic applications, especially for fast and high density data storage. In 2000, Chemical Reviews published a special issue on photochromic materials including a review about the properties and applications of diarylethene photochromic compounds. Since then much impressive progress has been made in this area. Various new diarylethene derivatives have been prepared and examined. The tutorial review presented herein describes developments in diarylethene-based molecular switches made in the last three years. In addition, the synthetic aspects of diarylethene photochromic compounds, which are important issues and neglected in most previous reviews, have been included.

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Submitted
30 Jul 2003
First published
20 Jan 2004

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2004,33, 85-97
Article type
Tutorial Review

Recent progresses on diarylethene based photochromic switches

H. Tian and S. Yang, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2004, 33, 85
DOI: 10.1039/B302356G

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