Synthesis of azobenzenes: the coloured pieces of molecular materials.

  title={Synthesis of azobenzenes: the coloured pieces of molecular materials.},
  author={Est{\'i}baliz Merino},
  journal={Chemical Society reviews},
  volume={40 7},
  • E. Merino
  • Published 20 June 2011
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Society reviews
Azobenzenes are ubiquitous motifs very important in many areas of science. Azo compounds display crucial properties for important applications, mainly for the chemical industry. Because of their discovery, the main application of aromatic azo compounds has been their use as dyes. These compounds are excellent candidates to function as molecular switches because of their efficient cis-trans isomerization in the presence of appropriate radiation. The classical methods for the synthesis of azo… 

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