Smolka, Tanja; Sustmann, Reiner; Boese, Roland:

Phenazine and meso-1,2-diphenyl-1,2-ethanediol. Partners in photochromic cocrystals.

In: Journal fuer Praktische Chemie (Weinheim, Germany), Jg. 341 (1999) ; Nr. 4, S. 378-383
ISSN: 1436-9966
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Chemie
A H-bonded network in a 1:1 cocrystal of phenazine and meso-1,2-diphenyl-1,2-ethanediol places phenazine and diol in such a way that a thermally reversible photochromism is produced. The structure of the cocrystal is detd. by x-ray crystallog. Thermally reversible changes in the UV/Vis and IR spectrum on irradn., in combination with the generation of paramagnetism (ESR) lead to the interpretation that a light-induced electron transfer between 2 phenazine mols. is followed by a double proton transfer to the N atoms of the radical anion of phenazine.