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A consortium of scientists from five European institutions has developed a new class of molecular photoswitches that are operated with visible light only. The new switches show large separation of absorption bands and function in various solvents including water. The researchers believe that the new switches could lead to the development of improved photocontrolled systems for a variety of applications that require fast, responsive functions.
The new class of photoswitches combines the photochromic dyes thioindigo and azobenzene into a photoswitch called iminothioindoxyl (ITI). Researchers at the University Medical Center Groningnen surmised that the fusion of these two dyes, which are used extensively in molecular switches, could…READ MORE