The effects of complexed metal ions on trans-cis photoisomerization reactions of two azobenzene compounds having a crown ether ring, 1a (small ring) and 1b (large ring) were investigated. The photoisomerization of 2,2′-dimethoxyazobenzene (2) was compared as a control. Anomalous increase in the quantum yields of the photoisomerization of 1a and 1b were observed by complexation with alkaline earth metal ions in both cases of photo irradiation at n→π* and π→π* absorption bands, except for some cases. These increase was attributed to the interaction between coordinated metal ions and oxygen atoms on 2,2′-position and/or nitrogen atoms of the azobenzene moiety. The dependence of the quantum yields on the ring size of the crown ether was also discussed.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry B|
|Publication status||Published - 1997 Sep 25|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry