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Single crystals composed of two or three different kinds of diarylethenes, having similar geometrical structures but different colors in the closed-ring isomers, 1,2-bis(2-methyl-5-phenyl-3-thienyl)perfluorocyclopentene (1a), 1,2-bis(5-methyl-2-phenyl- 4-thiazolyl)perfluorocyclopentene (2a), and 1,2-bis(5-methyl-2-phenyl-4-oxazolyl)perfluorocyclopentene… (More)
Although dioxazolylethene 1a did not show any photocoloration in the single crystalline phase, 1a displayed photochromism in the mixed crystal containing both 1a and dithiazolylethene 2a ; the mixed crystal changed color from colorless to red, orange, and yellow upon irradiation with light of appropriate wavelengths.
Diarylethene derivatives with oxidized thiophene rings shift their absorption band to a shorter wavelength in the UV region upon photocyclization; no color change was observed during the photochromic reaction, and the invisible photochromism is advantageous for devices used under room light.
Correlation between the photoinduced shape changes of diarylethene single crystals and their molecular packing in the crystals was studied. Crystals of 1,2-bis(5-ethyl-2-phenyl-4-thiazolyl)perfluorocyclopentene (3a) and 1,2-bis(2-isopropyl-5-phenyl-3-thienyl)perfluorocyclopentene (4a) showed similar photoinduced deformation from square to lozenge as that of… (More)