The development of multicomponent chemical systems that can perform predetermined functions under external control – i.e., molecular devices – is a challenging task in chemistry and a fascinating objective in the frame of a bottom-up approach to nanostructures. Photochromic units undergo profound changes in their chemical and/or electronic structure upon light excitation, and are highly interesting for the construction of photocontrollable molecular devices, machines and materials. The E–Z photoisomerization of azobenzene – owing to its high efficiency, excellent reversibility and significant physico-chemical differences between the two forms – is a highly useful reaction in this regard. Azobenzene photoisomerization has been known for almost 80 years and has been exploited to implement light-induced functionalities with a large variety of compounds, biomolecules, nanosystems and materials. Here we present some of our recent investigations highlighting how this outstanding photochrome can be utilized to develop (supra)molecular systems with valuable light-induced functionalities.

The eternal youth of azobenzene: New photoactive molecular and supramolecular devices

Ragazzon Giulio;Silvi Serena;
2015-01-01

Abstract

The development of multicomponent chemical systems that can perform predetermined functions under external control – i.e., molecular devices – is a challenging task in chemistry and a fascinating objective in the frame of a bottom-up approach to nanostructures. Photochromic units undergo profound changes in their chemical and/or electronic structure upon light excitation, and are highly interesting for the construction of photocontrollable molecular devices, machines and materials. The E–Z photoisomerization of azobenzene – owing to its high efficiency, excellent reversibility and significant physico-chemical differences between the two forms – is a highly useful reaction in this regard. Azobenzene photoisomerization has been known for almost 80 years and has been exploited to implement light-induced functionalities with a large variety of compounds, biomolecules, nanosystems and materials. Here we present some of our recent investigations highlighting how this outstanding photochrome can be utilized to develop (supra)molecular systems with valuable light-induced functionalities.
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