Stability and reaction dynamics of trifluorinated indolylfulgides

Chemical Physics Letters, 2009, doi:10.1016/j.cplett.2009.07.013, Volume 477, Issues 4–6, Pages 298–303 published on 06.08.2009
Chemical Physics Letters, online article
Quantum efficiencies and ultrafast dynamics of the ring-closure and ring-opening reaction of a trifluorinated dicyclopropyl indolylfulgide with improved photostability are investigated by stationary and ultrafast absorption spectroscopy. The ring-closure reaction occurs on the time scale of 200 fs and is found to be temperature independent (T = 287–333 K). However, an activated behaviour is observed for the ring-opening reaction. A comparison with the corresponding non-substituted indolylfulgide shows that the dicyclopropyl group favours the open isomer via lower cyclisation and higher cycloreversion quantum efficiencies and faster dynamics of the ring-opening reaction.

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