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Keywords:

  • chemical communication;
  • nanoswitches;
  • orthogonal coordination;
  • redox reactions;
  • reversible switching

Abstract

The interplay of biological machines depends critically on the bidirectionality of chemical information exchange. The implementation of such a communication procedure for abiological systems is achieved using two nanoswitches that both operate as transmitters and receivers by transfering copper ions in oxidation states +I and +II. Even at micromolar concentrations, communication in both directions is remarkably fast, occurring at t1/2=2–3 min. Metal ion translocation triggers a 20 Å relocation of the toggle at both nanoswitches, entailing major geometric and electronic changes.