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Issue 13, 2017
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Acid-catalysed thermal cycloreversion of a diarylethene: a potential way for triggered release of stored light energy?

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Abstract

Upon addition of catalytic amounts of acid, a closed diarylethene derivative carrying a fluorenol moiety undergoes facile thermal ring opening. The underlying thermodynamics and kinetics of the entire system have been analysed experimentally as well as computationally. Our work suggests that general acid catalysis provides a useful tool to bypass thermal barriers, by opening new reaction pathways, and to efficiently trigger the release of light energy stored in photoswitches.

Graphical abstract: Acid-catalysed thermal cycloreversion of a diarylethene: a potential way for triggered release of stored light energy?

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Submitted
22 Dec 2016
Accepted
24 Jan 2017
First published
31 Jan 2017

Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 2150-2153
Article type
Communication

Acid-catalysed thermal cycloreversion of a diarylethene: a potential way for triggered release of stored light energy?

J. Gurke, M. Quick, N. P. Ernsting and S. Hecht, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 2150
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC10182H

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