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Sequence-Dependent Assembly to Control Molecular Interface Properties


  • This research was supported by the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Molecular Design, Mary and Tom Beck-Canadian Center for Alternative Energy Research, David Rosenberg (Chicago, IL), the Yeda-Sela Center for Basic Research, a research grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Grant No. 289/09. M.B. is the incumbent of the Bruce A. Pearlman Professorial Chair in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.


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Variation's what you need: Variation of the assembly sequence in which layers of two isostructural metal complexes are built up leads to molecular materials with electrochemical properties that depend on the assembly sequence. These properties vary from reversible electron transfer to unidirectional current flows and even charge trapping. The sequence-dependent assembly strategy has implications for various disciplines that involve self-assembly.

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