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Photoswitchable nonlinear optical properties of metal complexes

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Incorporating photosensitive molecules into the organic/inorganic hybrid materials can contribute to forming photoresponsive systems. The second/third-order nonlinear optical properties can be changed via external light stimulation at an appropriate wavelength. The photochromic metal complexes appear to be superior promising materials in the domain of photoswitchable nonlinear optics (NLO). Thus, the purpose of this review is to examine current progress of metal complexes in the field of photoswitchable NLO materials and provide perspectives for the future. The overview includes the second-order and third-order NLO photoswitches and NLO properties of metal complexes. Combined with the characteristics of pyrene and stilbazolium groups, we describe a new type of photoswitchable NLO materials. The rapidly increasing investigations in this domain suggest that NLO photoswitches of metal complexes would play a critical role for inspiring applications in the future.

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The article was received on 24 Oct 2017, accepted on 14 Nov 2017 and first published on 14 Nov 2017

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03989A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 13-22
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    Photoswitchable nonlinear optical properties of metal complexes

    X. Xue, H. Wang, Y. Han and H. Hou, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 13
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03989A

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