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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2013, Article ID 374180, 6 pages
Research Article

Resonance Two-Photon Ionization of Diarylethene in the Presence of Cyclodextrin

Department of Environmental and Biological Chemistry, Fukui University of Technology, 3-6-1 Gakuen, Fukui 910-8505, Japan

Received 21 May 2013; Accepted 1 August 2013

Academic Editor: Ugo Mazzucato

Copyright © 2013 Michihiro Hara et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The transient absorption of the diarylethene 1,2-bis(2,4-dimethyl-5-phenyl-3-thienyl)-3,3,4,4,5,5-hexafluoro-1-cyclopentene (DE) was measured using 266 nm laser flash photolysis in the presence of various cyclodextrins (CDs) in aqueous solvent. Ionization of DE occurred within the laser flash (5 ns) to give the DE radical cation and water-solvated electron. The electron was generated by two-photon excitation through simultaneous irradiation with 266 nm laser light, and the ionization quantum yields of DE in the presence of α-CD, β-CD, m-β-CD, and γ-CD depended on the properties of the DE/CD complexes. These results suggest that useful two-photon ionization occurred for these complexes. The ionization quantum yield of DE was found to increase in aqueous solution after the addition of m-β-CD (50 mM), in which m-β-CD likely controlled the photochromic reactivity of DE.