We are grateful to the Swiss National Science Foundation for funding through the NFP47 program. We also thank the EC (contract G5RD-CT-2002–00776, MWFM) for financial support. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.
Photochromic Switches Incorporated in Bridging Ligands: A New Tool to Modulate Energy-Transfer Processes†
Article first published online: 30 NOV 2005
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Advanced Functional Materials
Special Issue: Supramolecular Functional Materials
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 195–208, January, 2006
How to Cite
Belser, P., De Cola, L., Hartl, F., Adamo, V., Bozic, B., Chriqui, Y., Iyer, V. M., Jukes, R. T. F., Kühni, J., Querol, M., Roma, S. and Salluce, N. (2006), Photochromic Switches Incorporated in Bridging Ligands: A New Tool to Modulate Energy-Transfer Processes. Adv. Funct. Mater., 16: 195–208. doi: 10.1002/adfm.200500247
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 30 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JUL 2005
- Manuscript Received: 21 APR 2005
- Supramolecular materials;
- Switches, photochromic
The thoughful construction of molecular switches has led to a gamut of supramolecular systems that can be used in molecular electronics. These include molecules based on thienylethenes, spiropyrans, fulgides, dithienylphenanthrolines, and diazafluorenes. This article reviews the recent developments made in the synthesis and characterization of all these systems, thereby allowing a comparative study to validate the viability of these switchable molecules on a nanoscale. Also, the drawbacks of each class are demonstrated and, at the same time, the remedies for further improvisation are prescribed. We have made an honest attempt to present an exhaustive account of all the different photochromic switches developed by us hitherto.