We demonstrate herein an all-optical switch based on stimuli-responsive and photochromic-free metal–organic framework (HKUST-1). Ultrafast near-infrared laser pulses stimulate a reversible 0.4 eV blue shift of the absorption band with up to 200 s−1 rate due to dehydration and concomitant shrinking of the structure-forming [Cu2C4O8] cages of HKUST-1. Such light-induced switching enables the remote modulation of intensities of photoluminescence of single crystals of HKUST-1 as well visible radiation passing through the crystal by 2 order of magnitude. This opens up the possibility of utilyzing stimuli-responsive MOFs for all-optical data processing devices.
- all-optical switch
- metal–organic frameworks