Photo- and solvatochromic properties of nitrobenzospiropyran in ionic liquids containing the [NTf2]- anion
Byrne, Robert and Diamond, Dermot and Fraser, Kevin J. and Izgorodina, Ekaterina and Forsyth, Maria and MacFarlane, Douglas R. (2008) Photo- and solvatochromic properties of nitrobenzospiropyran in ionic liquids containing the [NTf2]- anion. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 10 . pp. 5919-5924. ISSN 1463-9084
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The photo-, thermo- and solvatochromic properties of 2,3-dihydro-10,30,30-trimethyl-6-nitrospiro-
[1-benzopyran-2,20-1H-indole] (BSP-NO2) were studied in ILs containing the anion [NTf2]- by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, ab initio molecular orbital theory and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. It was found that the kinetics and thermodynamics of the BSP-NO2 MC (merocyanine) equilibrium was sensitive to the nature of the cation. It was also observed that the imidazolium cation can form a through-space orbital interaction with the MC isomer, rather than a simple electrostatic interaction, thus preventing the MC conversion back to the BSP-NO2 isomer. The BSP-NO2 MC equilibrium thus serves as a model system for studying modes of interaction of the cations in ionic liquids.
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