A photochromic diarylethene with phenolic Schiff base 1a can be easily transformed to photochromic diarylethene with benzoxazole 3a in the conditions of base and phototrigger. Both of their photochromic properties are investigated. They show that the conversions of ring-open form to ring-closed form at photostationary equilibrium are ca. 20% and 10% for 3a and 1a, respectively, and the backconversions are in nearly quantitative yield for both compounds. They also show that the response time for photostationary equilibrium is ca. 0.5 and 5 min for 3a and 1a, respectively, in the solution. In addition, a general preparation of 2-arylbenzoxazole from phenolic Schiff base in the conditions of base and phototrigger is demonstrated by employing phenolic Schiff bases with different substituted groups as template, and other conditions (solvents, in the presence and absence of oxygen) for preparation of benzoxazole from phenolic Schiff base are explored as well.
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