Resorcinarene Cavitand-Based Molecular Switches (pages 147–156)
V. A. Azov, A. Beeby, M. Cacciarini, A. G. Cheetham, F. Diederich, M. Frei, J. K. Gimzewski, V. Gramlich, B. Hecht, B. Jaun, T. Latychevskaia, A. Lieb, Y. Lill, F. Marotti, A. Schlegel, R. R. Schlittler, P. J. Skinner, P. Seiler and Y. Yamakoshi
Article first published online: 22 SEP 2005 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200500181
Resorcinarene-based cavitands are promising molecular switching devices for nanomanipulation and nanoconstruction. Upon suitable functionalization, they undergo reversible, multi-nanometer-sized contraction/expansion motions (see Figure and inside Cover) stimulated by changes in temperature or pH, or by metal-ion complexation.