Photochromic Free MOF-Based Near-Infrared Optical Switch

Nikita K. Kulachenkov*, Dapeng Sun, Yuri A. Mezenov, Andrei N. Yankin, Sergey Rzhevskiy, Vyacheslav Dyachuk, Alexandre Nominé, Ghouti Medjahdi, Evgeny A. Pidko, Valentin A. Milichko

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15522-15526
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • all-optical switch
  • HKUST-1
  • metal–organic frameworks
  • photoswitching


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