J. Phys. IV France
Volume 114, April 2004
Page(s) 511 - 513

J. Phys. IV France
114 (2004) 511
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2004114119

Artificial molecular devices based on tetrathiafulvalene

J.O. Jeppesen1, 2, 1, C.P. Collier2, J.R. Heath2, Y. Luo2, K.A. Nielsen1, 2, J. Perkins2, J. Fraser Stoddart2 and E. Wong2

1  Department of Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark
2  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569, USA

Over the past two decades, the relative motion of the components in mechanically interlocked molecules catenanes and rotaxanes has been extensively demonstrated in solution. More recently, the area of molecular electronics has advanced considerably and over the past four years, catenanes and rotaxanes have been utilized as the active molecules in solid-state switchable tunnel junction devices. We present here new amphiphilic switchable [2]rotaxanes suitable for integration into nano-scale devices. Key words. Rotaxanes - tetrathiafulvalenes - molecular devices.

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