Molecule of the Week

Lophine

December 15, 2008

Lophine (2,4,5-triphenyl-1H-imidazole) exhibits lemon yellow chemiluminescence in solution and is one of the few long-lasting chemiluminescent molecules. It forms dimers that have piezochromic and photochromic properties. It has been proposed as an analytical reagent for trace metal ion detection. Lophine’s chemiluminescence was discovered by B. Radziszewski in 1877.


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