Theoretical study of photochromic compounds, part 2: Thermal mechanism for byproduct formation and fatigue resistance of diarylethenes used as data storage materials

Pansy D. Patel, Ivan A. Mikhailov, Kevin D. Belfield, Artëm E. Masunov

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3711-3722
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Volume109
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Keywords

  • Byproduct formation
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Electrocyclic reaction
  • Fatigue resistance

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