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Terpyridine-Functionalized Surfaces: Redox-Active, Switchable, and Electroactive Nanoarchitecturesgland

Authors

  • Andreas Winter,

    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemitry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
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  • Stephanie Hoeppener,

    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemitry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX Eindhoven, Netherlands
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  • George R. Newkome,

    Corresponding author
    1. Departments of Polymer Science and Chemistry and the Maurice, Morton Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-4717, USA
    • Departments of Polymer Science and Chemistry and the Maurice, Morton Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-4717, USA
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  • Ulrich S. Schubert

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemitry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX Eindhoven, Netherlands
    • Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemitry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany.
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  • This article is also featured as part of a chapter in the upcoming book Terpyridine-based Materials For Catalytic, Optoelectronic and Life Science Applications by U. S. Schubert, A. Winter and G. R. Newkome.

Abstract

Terpyridines represent versatile functional supramolecular building blocks that are easily integrated in numerous devices and can readily modify surfaces. In particular, redox-active complexes with terpyridine ligands have been attached to surfaces, either by covalent or non-covalent interactions, and form highly ordered mono- or multilayer systems, since electronic and charge transport properties are major topics of interest. Their applications in nanoelectronics are a driving force for understanding and enabling the utilization of the supramolecular properties of terpyridines for surface modification. This area of research has received increasing attention during the last decade leading into the supramacromolecular regime. This Progress Report presents an overview of the state-of-the-art of surface modifications utilizing terpyridine systems and highlights main results, as well as modern trends, in this research area.

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