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Dr. Jaume Garcia-Amorós, Mireia Díaz-Lobo, Prof. Dr. Santi Nonell and Prof. Dr. Dolores Velasco Fastest Thermal Isomerization of an Azobenzene for Nanosecond Photoswitching Applications under Physiological Conditions Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Article first published online: 9 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207602

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When speed is of the essence: After photoisomerization to its metastable cis form, an azo dye must undergo fast thermal isomerization back to the trans form to be suitable for real-time information transmission. The azopyrimidine shown has a relaxation time (τ) of just 40 ns under physiological conditions, as well as high biocompatibility, as determined by Escherichia coli growth in its presence (see picture).

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