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Photochromism of diarylethene single molecules and single crystals

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Abstract

Photochromism is characterized as a reversible colour change of a chemical species upon photoirradiation. Although vast numbers of photochromic molecules have been so far synthesized, molecules which exhibit thermally irreversible photochromic reactivity are limited within a few families of compounds. Among the thermally irreversible photochromic molecules, diarylethene derivatives are the most promising candidates for applications to opto-electronic devices because of their fatigue resistance, high sensitivity and rapid response. In this review, characteristic photochromic performances of the derivatives, detection and analysis of the photochromic reactions at a single-molecule level and application of the single-crystalline photochromism to molecular machinery will be described.

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The article was received on 10 Aug 2010, accepted on 14 Sep 2010 and first published on 19 Oct 2010


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0PP00251H
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2010,9, 1535-1542

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    Photochromism of diarylethene single molecules and single crystals

    M. Irie, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2010, 9, 1535
    DOI: 10.1039/C0PP00251H

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