Theoretical Study of Photochromic Compounds, Part 2: Thermal Mechanism for Byproduct Formation and Fatigue Resistance of Diarylethenes Used as Data Storage Materials
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Int. J. Quantum Chem.
electrocyclic reaction; chemical kinetics; byproduct formation; fatigue; resistance; SINGLE-CRYSTALLINE PHOTOCHROMISM; CYCLOHEXADIENE/HEXATRIENE; PHOTOCHEMICAL INTERCONVERSION; MOLECULAR SWITCHING DEVICE; AB-INITIO; ELECTROCYCLIC REACTION; REACTION DYNAMICS; REVERSIBLE PHOTOCYCLIZATION; DITHIENYLETHENE DERIVATIVES; CONICAL INTERSECTIONS; TRANSITION-STATES; Chemistry, Physical; Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications; Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Chemical
Certain organic compounds possess the ability to change color under the influence of light, called photochromism. This change is due to ultrafast chemical transition from open to closed ring isomers (photocyclization), which can be used for optical data storage and photoswitching applications. These applications require minimization of the irreversible photodegradation of the material, called photofatigue. This property is related to the chemical rate of byproduct formation. We use density functional theory methods to predict the mechanism and activation barriers to the byproduct formation for 1,2-bis(2-methyl-5-phenyl-3-thienyl)perfluorocyclopentene in order to estimate its fatigue resistance. We also explain higher fatigue resistance for its methylated derivative. The methods used in this study may become a part of rational design strategy for the new photochromic materials. (C) 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Quantum Chem 109: 3711-3722, 2009
International Journal of Quantum Chemistry
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"Theoretical Study of Photochromic Compounds, Part 2: Thermal Mechanism for Byproduct Formation and Fatigue Resistance of Diarylethenes Used as Data Storage Materials" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 1988.