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1 November 2001 NMR Structural and Kinetic Assignment of Fluoro-3H-naphthopyran Photomerocyanines
S. Delbaere, J-C. Micheau, Y. Teral, C. Bochu, M. Campredon, G. Vermeersch
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Abstract

The kinetic and structural behavior of a photochromic compound, 3-(2-fluorophenyl)-3-phenyl-3H-naphtho[2,1-b]pyran (F-Py), was investigated using 1H and 19F nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Upon irradiation, the four theoretically predicted photomerocyanines appear along with a fifth form X, whose final structure has not been elucidated. This last form and two of the photomerocyanines are thermally labile, whereas the other two do not show any signs of decay. The system has been analyzed by NMR spectroscopy. This led to the structural assignment of each photomerocyanine. The kinetics of the thermal bleaching were monitored by directly and separately measuring the concentrations of each species at regular time intervals using 19F NMR spectroscopy. We therefore propose a plausible reaction mechanism. On the basis of this mechanism, the mathematical treatment and the study of the effects of temperature led to the determination of the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters (rate coefficients, enthalpy and entropy of activation) of this photochromic system. The leading role of the labile intermediate X on the formation of transtransoidcis (TTC) and cistransoidcis (CTC) photomerocyanines is pointed out.

S. Delbaere, J-C. Micheau, Y. Teral, C. Bochu, M. Campredon, and G. Vermeersch "NMR Structural and Kinetic Assignment of Fluoro-3H-naphthopyran Photomerocyanines," Photochemistry and Photobiology 74(5), 694-699, (1 November 2001). https://doi.org/10.1562/0031-8655(2001)074<0694:NSAKAO>2.0.CO;2
Received: 17 April 2001; Accepted: 1 August 2001; Published: 1 November 2001
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