Photochromism of phenoxynaphthacenequinones: diabatic or adiabatic phenyl group transfer?

The photochromic reactions of 6-phenyloxy-5,12-naphthacenequinone (1) and of the 6,11-diphenyloxy derivative 2 were investigated by subpicosecond pump-probe, photoacoustic, and emission spectroscopies, and by nanosecond laser flash photolysis (LFP). The transformation of the trans-quinones 1 and 2 to their ana-isomers proceeds via short-lived triplet states… CONTINUE READING