A blue-red reversible optical switch was created by combining EuIII, pyridine, and a fluorescent organic chromophore. In the initial stage Ch-EuIII interaction was responsible for the EuIII emission quenching. The irradiation of pyridine brought about its protonation and formation of the hydrogen-bonded aggregates. The high electron-accepting ability of pyridinium cations lead to donor-acceptor interaction with the chromophore, and quenching of fluorescence in the presence of the EuCl3 or (Et)4NCl.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - 16 Nov 2000|