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Photo- and solvatochromic properties of nitrobenzospiropyran in ionic liquids containing the [NTf2]- anion

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posted on 2024-06-03, 12:36 authored by R Byrne, KJ Fraser, E Izgorodina, DR MacFarlane, Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth, D Diamond
The photo-, thermo- and solvatochromic properties of 2,3-dihydro-1',3',3'-trimethyl-6-nitrospiro-[1-benzopyran-2,2'-1H-indole] (BSP-NO(2)) were studied in ILs containing the anion [NTf(2)](-) 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-NO(2) <--> 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-NO(2) isomer. The BSP-NO(2) <--> MC equilibrium thus serves as a model system for studying modes of interaction of the cations in ionic liquids.

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Journal

Physical chemistry chemical physics

Volume

10

Pagination

5919-5924

Location

England

ISSN

1463-9076

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

Issue

38

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

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