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Beads, boats and switches: making things happen with molecular photoswitches

Byrne, Robert and Diamond, Dermot and Benito-Lopez, Fernando and Scarmagnani, Silvia and Higgins, Michael and Wallace, Gordon (2009) Beads, boats and switches: making things happen with molecular photoswitches. In: IEEE Nano 2009 - 9th International Conference on Nanotechnology, 26-30 July 2009, Genoa, Italy. (In Press)

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In this paper we present recent results obtained with a stimulus-responsive materials based on the photo-switchable behaviour exhibited by spiro-cyclic derivatives. Our results suggest that these highly novel materials offer unique capabilities hitherto inaccessible using conventional materials. In particular, we will focus on photocontrolled guest binding and release, inherent signalling of status, photo-actuation and solvent driven motion of small structures as examples of the fascinating behaviour of these exceptional materials.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Nanotechnology
Physical Sciences > Chemistry
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Copyright Information:©2009 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland
ID Code:4674
Deposited On:03 Jul 2009 16:05 by Robert Byrne. Last Modified 03 Mar 2017 11:02

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