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Through molecular engineering, single diarylethenes were covalently sandwiched between graphene electrodes to form stable molecular conduction junctions. Our experimental and theoretical studies of these junctions consistently show and interpret reversible conductance photoswitching at room temperature and stochastic switching between different conductive(More)
The realization of controllable multicomponent self-assembly through reversible supramolecular interactions is a challenging goal, and is an important strategy for the fabrication of switchable nanomaterials. Herein we show that the self-assembly of TiO2 nanoparticles (NP) functionalized with methyl viologen can be controlled both by light irradiation and(More)
A [1]rotaxane, in which a linear rod is attached to one cyclopentadienyl (Cp) ring of a ferrocene unit and threaded into a dibenzo-24-crown-8 connected to the other Cp ring, was prepared. The mechanical motion of the rod-like part relative to the macrocycle has been demonstrated using (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) showed that the system can(More)
Two novel tribranched [4]rotaxanes with a 1,3,5-triphenylene core and three rotaxane arms have been designed, synthesized, and characterized by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopies and HR-ESI mass spectrometry. [4]Rotaxanes 1 and 2 each possess the same three-armed skeleton. Each arm incorporates two distinguishable binding sites for a dibenzo[24]crown-8 ring,(More)
[reaction: see text] A molecular shuttle containing an alpha-CD macrocycle, an azobenzene unit, and two different fluorescent naphthalimide units was synthesized. The cis-trans photoisomerization of the azobenzene unit resulted in the motion of the CD macrocycle on the track. Because of the easy regulation and full reversibility of the fluorescence change(More)
An acid/base responsive amphiphilic [2]rotaxane switch containing a hydrophilic macrocycle component and a hydrophobic terminal bulky group was prepared and characterized. The morphology of the supramolecular assemblies formed by the rotaxanes could be switched between spherical vesicles and worm-like micelles using acid/base stimuli, as confirmed by(More)
How to efficiently design and synthesize multifunctional molecules is particularly challenging. In this presentation, we devote to constructing a kind of simple structures with composite functionalities through straightforward preparation. Starting from common commercially available materials, the titled cis/trans-tetraarylethenes can be conveniently(More)