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Diastereoselective Cyclization in Chiral Diarylethene Crystals:  Polymorphism and Selectivity

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posted on 25.04.2003, 00:00 by Satoshi Yamamoto, Kenji Matsuda, Masahiro Irie
An optically active photochromic diarylethene, (S)-1-(2-methyl-5-phenyl-3-thienyl)-2-[2-methyl-5-(4-(3-methyl-1-penten-1-yl)phenyl)-3-thienyl]perfluorocyclopentene ((S)-1a), was synthesized. (S)-1a formed two crystalline phases, α- and β-phases. The diarylethene underwent a photochromic reaction in solution and even in the single-crystalline phase. In solution, no diastereoselection was observed. On the other hand, in the β-crystalline phase, only one diastereomer (S,R,R)-1b was produced. No such diastereoselection was observed in the α-crystalline phase.