The synthesis and characterization of a series of dithienyl perhydro- and perfluorocyclopentene photochromic molecular switches appended with cobalt carbonyl binding 3-ethynylthiophene and phenyl-3-ethynylthiophene substituents are reported. Their photochromic properties, fatigue resistance, and thermal stability were examined to establish the effect of substituents on their performance as molecular photoswitches. The photochemical properties of the dithienylethene core were retained to the greatest extent by the inclusion of phenyl units and a hexafluorocyclopentene ring. The alkyne units of the switches were used to coordinate cobalt carbonyl moieties: i.e., Co-2(CO)(6) and Co-2(CO)(4)(dppm). The cobalt carbonyl moieties were found to reduce the efficiency of cyclization and cycloreversion of the dithienylethene unit. Density functional theory was used to identify the excited states responsible for cyclization.
- MOLECULAR-ORBITAL METHODS
- BY-PRODUCT FORMATION
- PHOTOCHROMIC DITHIENYLETHENES
- OPTOELECTRONIC PROPERTIES
- PART 2