Solid-state electronic absorption, fluorescence and C-13 CPMAS NMR spectroscopic study of thermo- and photo-chromic aromatic Schiff bases

S H Alarcon, A C Olivieri, A Nordon, R K Harris

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Abstract

Solid-state electronic absorption, fluorescence emission and C-13 CPMAS spectroscopies have been applied to a series of aromatic Schiff bases displaying both ground and excited state intramolecular proton transfer phenomena. All the results can be explained on the basis of a thermal equilibrium between enolimine and keto-enamine tautomeric forms in the crystalline state. Most of the studied compounds are thermochromic. However, a few are photochromic. The carbon-13 NMR data in the solid state show, in general, residual (C-13,N-14) dipolar coupling effects. In certain cases, however, where fast proton transfer occurs in the ground state, these effects are shown to be self-decoupled.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2293-2296
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996

Keywords

  • intramolecular proton-transfer
  • tautomerism
  • optical properties
  • crystals
  • anils
  • N hydrogen-bonded centrosymmetric dimers

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