Molecular-Mechanical Switch-Based Solid-State Electrochromic Devices

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  • David W. Steuerman Dr.,

    1. The California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90 095-1569, USA, Fax: (+1) 310-206-1843
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  • Hsian-Rong Tseng Dr.,

    1. The California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90 095-1569, USA, Fax: (+1) 310-206-1843
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  • Andrea J. Peters Dr.,

    1. The California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90 095-1569, USA, Fax: (+1) 310-206-1843
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  • Amar H. Flood Dr.,

    1. The California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90 095-1569, USA, Fax: (+1) 310-206-1843
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  • Jan O. Jeppesen Dr.,

    1. The California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90 095-1569, USA, Fax: (+1) 310-206-1843
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  • Kent A. Nielsen,

    1. The California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90 095-1569, USA, Fax: (+1) 310-206-1843
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  • J. Fraser Stoddart Prof.,

    1. The California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90 095-1569, USA, Fax: (+1) 310-206-1843
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  • James R. Heath Prof.

    1. Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, MC 127-72, California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA, Fax: (+1) 626-395-2355
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  • This research was funded by the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and the Moletronics Program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation, its Focus Centers on Functional Engineered NanoArchitectonics and Advanced Materials and Devices, and the Center for Nanoscale Innovation for Defense.

Abstract

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You only need eyes to appreciate the color change that occurs in a polymer matrix when the bistable rotaxane shown is switched between its ground-state (green) and metastable-state (red) co-conformers. Not only is an electrochromic device within reach, but a universal switching mechanism seems to be on the cards.

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