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Syntheses, Luminescence Switching, and Electrochemical Studies of Photochromic Dithienyl-1,10-phenanthroline Zinc(II) Bis(thiolate) Complexes

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posted on 19.02.2007, 00:00 by Tung-Wan Ngan, Chi-Chiu Ko, Nianyong Zhu, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam
A series of zinc(II) diimine bis(thiolate) complexes with photochromic diarylethene-containing phenanthroline ligands was synthesized, and their photophysical and photochromic properties were studied. The X-ray crystal structures of two of these complexes have been characterized. All complexes exhibit strong 3LLCT phosphorescence at 510−620 nm in the solid state at 77 and 298 K and in EtOH−MeOH glass at 77 K. Detailed studies revealed that the absorption, emission, and electrochemical properties of the complexes could be readily switched via the photochromic ring-closing and ring-opening reactions.

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