Encapsulated electroactive molecules

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  • Prof. Christopher B. Gorman

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    1. Department of Chemistry North Carolina State University Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695 (USA)
    • Department of Chemistry North Carolina State University Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695 (USA)
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  • I thank the Air Force Office of Scientific Research MURI program in Nanoscale Chemistry and the National Science Foundation (CAREER Award, DMR-9600138) for financial support of this work.

Abstract

The role of a dendrimer as an encapsulating shell around small molecules or the dendrimer core itself are briefly outlined. It is shown that encapsulation by a dendrimer reduces the rate of electron transfer to or from a redox-active moiety incorporated in the core according to the degree of branching around the core. Development of this idea could lead to a molecular switch or an information storage device. The use of the properties of the core in order to obtain information about the shape, internal organization, and environment within a dendrimer is also outlined and an example given.

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