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New Frontiers in Photochromism

  • Masahiro Irie
  • Yasushi Yokoyama
  • Takahiro Seki

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. New Photochromic Materials

  3. New Photochromic Molecules

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-298

About this book


Photochromism is the reversible phototransformation of a chemical species between two forms having different absorption spectra. During the phototransformation not only the absorption spectra but also various physicochemical properties change, such as the refractive index, dielectric constant, oxidation/reduction potential, and geometrical structure. The property changes can be applied to photonic equipment such as erasable memory media, photo-optical switch components, and display devices. This book compiles the accomplishments of the research project titled “New Frontiers in Photochromism” supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. The project focused not only on the above-mentioned classical subjects in photochromism, such as color changes, optical memory, and optical switches, but also on fundamental physicochemical studies and unprecedented application fields that have not yet been explored in photochromism. The latter topics include light-driven mechanical motion, photocontrol of surface wettability, metal deposition on solid materials, photocontrol of chiral properties, ultrafast decoloration dyes, and femtosecond laser experiments, among others.


Conductance Photoswtching Photochromism Photomechanical Effects Photoswitchable Surfaces Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Masahiro Irie
    • 1
  • Yasushi Yokoyama
    • 2
  • Takahiro Seki
    • 3
  1. 1.Rikkyo UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Yokohama National UniversityYokohamaJapan
  3. 3.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

About the editors

Masahiro Irie, Professor of Chemistry, Rikkyo University
Editor-in-chief : Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn.
Previous Editor-in-chief: J. Photochem. Photobiol. C

Yasushi Yokoyama, Professor of Engineering, Yokohama National University

Takahiro Seki, Professor of Engineering, Nagoya University

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