Synthesis and photochromic studies of η6-mesitylene ruthenium(ii) complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands with the dithienylethene moiety

Gongping Duan, Wing Tak Wong, Vivian Wing Wah Yam

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A series of half-sandwich type ruthenium(ii) complexes, [(η6-mesitylene)Ru(NHC-L)Cl]PF6 (NHC = N-heterocyclic carbene, L = azole and imine ligand), containing the dithienylethene moiety has been synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, X-ray crystallography and electronic absorption spectroscopy. These complexes show photochromic properties upon UV photo-irradiation to generate the closed forms of the dithienylethene moiety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2267-2278
Number of pages12
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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