Phase-dependent photochromism of a lactone-stabilized chromene from a flavylium reaction network.

New trans-2-hydroxychalcones bearing a carboxylate group at position 2' (Ct(-)) were synthesized (compounds 2 and 3). These compounds lead to a network of chemical reactions depending on pH value, light, and solvent. In water, when the pH value is lowered, the ionized trans-chalcone is protonated and the flavylium cation AH(+) is formed at very acidic pH… CONTINUE READING