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Photoreversible switching of the lower critical solution temperature in a photoresponsive host-guest system of pillar[6]arene with triethylene oxide substituents and an azobenzene derivative.

Journal of the American Chemical Society (2012-11-21)
Tomoki Ogoshi, Kanako Kida, Tada-aki Yamagishi
ABSTRACT

A new water-soluble thermoresponsive pillar[6]arene with triethylene oxide groups was synthesized. The pillar[6]arene showed lower critical solution temperature behavior in aqueous solution. Its clouding point was photoreversibly switched based on a photoresponsive host-guest system. The trans form of an azobenzene guest formed a stable 1:1 complex with the pillar[6]arene. Complexation increased the clouding point. Irradiation with UV light induced a conformation change for the azobenzene guest from the trans to cis form, and dethreading occurred because of a size mismatch between the cis form and the pillar[6]arene cavity. This dethreading decreased the clouding point. The photoresponsive host-guest system was reversible, and the clouding point could be switched by alternating irradiation with UV or visible light. We demonstrated photoresponsive reversible clear-to-turbid and turbid-to-clear transitions for the solution based on the reversible switching of the clouding point using the photosensitive host-guest system.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
Azobenzene, 98%
Supelco
Ethylene oxide solution, certified reference material, 50 mg/mL in methanol
Sigma-Aldrich
Ethylene oxide solution, 2.5-3.3 M in THF