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ERIC Number: EJ1048324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Influence of the Solvent on the Thermal Back Reaction of One Spiropyran
Piard, Jonathan
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n12 p2105-2111 Dec 2014
The solvent influence on the absorption spectra and the kinetics of the back reaction of the 1',3'-dihydro-1',3',3'-trimethyl-6-nitrospiro(2H-1-benzopyran-2,2'-2H-indole) (6-NO2-BIPS) has been investigated by means of temperature-controlled, UV-visible spectroscopic measurements. The back reaction process was proved to follow first-order kinetics for five different solvents (toluene, THF, acetonitrile, DMSO, and ethanol) at several temperatures. Kinetics parameters (E[subscript a], A, t, ?H#, ?S#, and ?G#) were extracted from absorbance decay profiles for all solvents, and a simple model based on solvation mechanism was proposed in good agreement with experimental results. Such a photochromic compound also exhibits strong solvatochromism in its merocyanine form. All these experiments were performed to illustrate solvent effects on kinetic processes and optical properties for students with an undergraduate physical chemistry theoretical background. All the experiments described could be performed in a physical chemistry undergraduate laboratory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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