Reductive alkylation of aminofluorans: A simple route to intrinsically thermochromic fluorans

Farid Azizian, Amanda J. Field, B. Mark Heron

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The reductive alkylation of fluoran green base with hydroxybenzaldehydes gave novel fluorans that exhibited thermochromism, reversibly changing colour from very pale pink to deep green, in methyl stearate and in microcapsules containing methyl palmitate/isopropyl palmitate without the need of an added phenolic colour developer. Acylation of fluoran green base with O-acetylsalicyloyl chloride and subsequent cleavage of the acetyl group gave a new colour former bearing an o-hydroxybenzoyl moiety which also exhibited thermochromism, reversibly changing from colourless to red.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-439
Number of pages8
JournalDyes and Pigments
Issue number2
Early online date19 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


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