The mechanism of the photochromic cycloreversion reactions is theoretically examined in a model system of dithienylethenes by means of the CASSCF and CASPT2 methods. The structures of its conical intersections (CIs), which are the branching points of the internal conversions, were obtained. The analyses of the minimum energy paths from the Franck-Condon states and the CI points suggest that the cycloreversion reaction occurs during the intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) toward the quasi-equilibrium on the 2A state. The current study of the model system will provide a basic insight for the photochromic molecular design.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry