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Logic gates were fabricated from an array of configurable switches, each consisting of a monolayer of redox-active rotaxanes sandwiched between metal electrodes. The switches were read by monitoring current flow at reducing voltages. In the "closed" state, current flow was dominated by resonant tunneling through the electronic states of the molecules. The(More)
Surface Brillouin scattering (SBS) has been used successfully for the study of acoustic excitations in opaque solids and thin supported films, at both ambient and high temperatures. A number of different systems have been investigated recently by SBS including crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon layers produced by ion bombardment and their high(More)
An acyclic polyether 1a, incorporating a central tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) electron donor unit and two 4-tert-butylphenoxy groups at its termini, has been synthesized. Two macrocyclic polyethers containing two different electron donors, namely a TTF unit with, in one case, a 1,4-dioxybenzene ring (2a), and, in the other case (2b), a 1,5-dioxynaphthalene ring(More)
Two new [2]rotaxane-based molecular shuttles, in which a mechanically bound dibenzo[24]crown-8 (DB24C8) macroring shunts back and forth between two dialkylammonium recognition sites situated on a chemical dumbbell, have been constructed by a novel synthetic strategy that relies upon the use of the tert-butoxycarbonyl (Boc) protecting group. During the(More)
Two ammonium ion/crown ether-based [2]rotaxane monomers-each incorporating (i) a dumbbell-shaped component, possessing an exchangeable benzylic triphenylphosphonium stopper, and (ii) a ring component, bearing an aldehyde function-undergo a sequence of Wittig reactions in which the surrogate triphenylphosphonium stopper is exchanged for a ring component(More)
Secondary dialkylammonium (R2NH2+) ions are bound readily by dibenzo[24]crown-8 (DB24C8) to form threaded complexes, namely [2]pseudo-rotaxanes. The effect of replacing one or both of the catechol rings in DB24C8 with resorcinol rings upon the crown ether's ability to bind R2NH2+ ions has now been investigated. When only one aromatic ring is changed from(More)
[formula: see text] A tritopic receptor, in which three benzo[24]crown-8 macrorings are fused onto a triphenylene core, forms very strong supramolecular bundle-like complexes in CDCl3/CD3CN solution with trifurcated trications wherein three dibenzylammonium ions are linked to a central benzenoid core. The triply threaded superbundles, one of which has been(More)
A cyclophane incorporating one 1,5-dioxynaphthalene ring system and one tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) unit bridged by [SCH(2)CH(2)O] linkages has been synthesized. In this cyclophane, the TTF unit can adopt either cis or trans configurations. In addition, the 1, 5-dioxynaphthalene ring system imposes one element of planar chirality on this cyclophane. A second(More)