Eden Steven

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Understanding the compatibility between spider silk and conducting materials is essential to advance the use of spider silk in electronic applications. Spider silk is tough, but becomes soft when exposed to water. Here we report a strong affinity of amine-functionalised multi-walled carbon nanotubes for spider silk, with coating assisted by a water and(More)
Co-crystallization of a cationic Fe(II) complex with a partially charged TCNQ(.δ-) (7,7',8,8'-tetracyanoquinodimethane) radical anion has afforded molecular materials that behave as narrow band-gap semiconductors, [Fe(tpma)(xbim)](X)(TCNQ)(1.5)⋅DMF (X=ClO4(-) or BF4(-); tpma=tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine, xbim=1,1'-(α,α'-o-xylyl)-2,2'-bisimidazole).(More)
This work explores functional, fundamental and applied aspects of naturally harvested spider silk fibers. Natural silk is a protein polymer where different amino acids control the physical properties of fibroin bundles, producing, for example, combinations of β-sheet (crystalline) and amorphous (helical) structural regions. This complexity presents(More)
A critical feature of the electronic structure of oxobenzene-bridged bisdithiazolyl radicals 2 is the presence of a low-lying LUMO which, in the solid state, improves charge transport by providing additional degrees of freedom for electron transfer. The magnitude of this multiorbital effect can be fine-tuned by variations in the π-electron(More)
Benzoquino-bis-1,2,3-dithiazole 5 is a closed shell, antiaromatic 16π-electron zwitterion with a small HOMO-LUMO gap. Its crystal structure consists of planar ribbon-like molecular arrays packed into offset layers to generate a "brick-wall" motif with strong 2D interlayer electronic interactions. The spread of the valence and conduction bands, coupled with(More)
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