Visible light sensitized photoswitches have been paid particular attention in the fields of life science and materials science because long-wavelength light reduces photodegradation, transmits deep inside of matters, and achieves the selective excitation in condensed systems.Among various photoswitch molecules, phenoxyl-imidazolyl radical complex (PIC) is a recently developed thermally-reversible photochromic molecule whose thermal back reaction can be tuned from tens of nanoseconds to tens of seconds by rational designs of the molecular structure. While the wide range of tunability of the switching speed of PIC opened up various potential applications, no photosensitivity to visible light limits its applications. In this study, we synthesized a visible light sensitized PIC derivative conjugated with a benzil unit. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy revealed that the benzil unit acts as a singlet photosensitizer for PIC by the Dexter-type energy transfer. Visible light sensitized photochromic reactions of PIC are important for expanding the versatility of potential applications to life science and material science.
Keywords: biradical; energy transfer; photochromism; sensitizer; transient absorption spectroscopy
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Kobayashi, Y.; Mamiya, Y.; Mutoh, K.; Sotome, H.; Koga, M.; Miyasaka, H.; Abe, J. Beilstein Arch. 2019, 201946. doi:10.3762/bxiv.2019.46.v1
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