The rate and equilibrium constants of the network of chemical species involving the dye 2'-methoxyflavylium tetrafluoroborate were characterized using stopped flow and flash photolysis in both acidic and alkaline aqueous solution. The trans-chalcone is the thermodynamic stable species in acidic solutions 2 < pH < 7; irradiation of trans-chalcone at low pH leads to the corresponding coloured flavylium cation. The system reverts to its initial state in a few hours, in the dark. The kinetics of the various steps in the system were determined; flash photolysis revealed that the rate determining process of flavylium formation is the ring closure to give the corresponding hemiketal. In alkaline medium the ionized transchalcone is the stable form and clear evidence for the existence of a hemiketal species was obtained. A write-read-erase cycle can be performed with this compound. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Journal||Dyes and Pigments|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|