Science China Chemistry

, Volume 62, Issue 4, pp 451–459 | Cite as

Rational design of a visible-light photochromic diarylethene: a simple strategy by extending conjugation with electron donating groups

  • Shanliang Tang
  • Fengling SongEmail author
  • Meiheng Lu
  • Keli Han
  • Xiaojun Peng


Photochromic diarylethenes have been widely used in many fields. However, their cyclization process must be induced by UV light. In this article, a simple strategy is developed by extending π-conjugation with electron donating groups. The modified dirylethene derivative can photocyclolize under 405-nm light with a good photochromic efficiency. Meanwhile, its absorption and moderate fluorescence can be switched effectively in both directions by visible lights (405 and 520 nm, respectively) in different solutions and in living cells. We believe that this simple method will become a versatile strategy for developing various dirylethylenes with visible-light photochromism.


diarylethylenes visible-light photochromism photoreaction quantum yield fluorescence photoswitching 


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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21877011, 21576038, 21421005), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (DUT16TD21), Science Program of Dalian City (2014J11JH133, 2015J12JH207) and the Supercomputing Center of Dalian University of Technology.

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A Visible-Light Photochromic Diarylethene: A Simple Strategy by Extending Conjugation with Electron Donating Groups


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shanliang Tang
    • 1
  • Fengling Song
    • 1
    Email author
  • Meiheng Lu
    • 2
  • Keli Han
    • 2
  • Xiaojun Peng
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Fine ChemicalsDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Molecular Reaction Dynamics, Dalian Institute of Chemical PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesDalianChina

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