Unraveling the Thermal Isomerization Mechanisms of Heteroaryl Azoswitches: Phenylazoindoles as Case Study
463 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2018 Publication Status: Under ReviewMore...
The research on heteroaromatic azoswitches has been blossoming in recent years due to their astonishingly broad range of properties. Minimal chemical modifications can drastically change the demeanor of these switches, in terms of photophysical and (photo)chemical properties, promoting them as ideal scaffolds for a huge variety of applications based on bi-stable light-addressable systems. However, most of the characteristics exhibited by heteroaryl azoswitches were found empirically and only few works focus on their rationalization. Herein we report on a mechanistic study employing phenylazoindoles as a model reference, combining spectroscopic experiments with a comprehensive computational analysis. This approach will elucidate the intrinsic correlations between the molecular structure of the switch and its thermal behavior, allowing a more rational design transferable to various heteroaryl azoswitches and, consequently, crucial for their future development.
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