Azoheteroarenes make up an emerging class of photoswitchable compounds with unique photophysical properties and advantages over traditional azobenzenes. Therefore, methods for synthesizing azoheteroarenes are highly desirable. Here, we utilize azide-alkyne click chemistry to access arylazo-1,2,3-triazoles, a previously unexplored class of azoheteroarenes that exhibit high thermal stabilities and near-quantitative bidirectional photoconversion. Controlling the catalyst or 1,3-dipole grants access to both regioisomeric arylazotriazoles and arylazoisoxazoles, highlighting the versatility of our approach.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry