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Colored Ionic Liquid Based on Stable Polycyclic Anion Salt Showing Halochromism with HCl Vapor

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posted on 21.03.2019 by Hideo Enozawa, Shusaku Ukai, Hiroshi Ito, Tsuyoshi Murata, Yasushi Morita
A sodium salt of a polycyclic trioxotriangulene (TOT) anion with six triethylene glycol chains exhibiting the formation of a colored ionic liquid at room temperature was synthesized. The ionic liquid is air- and water-stable, reflecting thermodynamic stabilization of a charge-delocalized TOT anion. Upon protonation of the TOT anion, the salt shows halochromic behaviors in solution and even in the neat liquid state with HCl vapor. The ionic liquid shows no morphological change with the chromism, presumably as a result of poor intermolecular interactions between π skeletons.