Structurally and electronically modulated spin interaction of transient biradicals in two photon-gated stepwise photochromism†
The development of two-photon induced photochromic compounds is important for advanced photoresponsive materials. The utilization of the long-lived transient states or species for two-photon absorption is one of the efficient strategies to realize the advanced photochemical behavior beyond a one-photon photochemical reaction. We have synthesized bi-photochromic compounds composed of two photochromic phenoxyl-imidazolyl radical complex units. The biphotochromic compounds generate two biradical units when the two photochromic units absorb photons with a stepwise manner. The interaction between the two biradicals through the central bridging phenyl ring is the key feature to control the stepwise photochromic reaction. Here, we introduced aromatic spacers in order to modulate the distance and the dihedral angle between the biradical units. The color and the rate of the thermal back reaction of the stepwise photochromism can be regulated by the control of the central bridging part. These results give important insights to develop desirable advanced photoresponsive compounds.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 28th International Conference on Photochemistry (ICP 2017)