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World Journal of Chemical Education. 2021, 9(4), 96-103
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-9-4-1
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Light Makes Smart - Photoactive Molecular Switches for Logic Gates

Nico Meuter1, Sebastian Spinnen1 and Michael W. Tausch1,

1Didaktik der Chemie, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 42119 Wuppertal, Germany

Pub. Date: November 28, 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photoprocesses in Chemical Education)

Cite this paper:
Nico Meuter, Sebastian Spinnen and Michael W. Tausch. Light Makes Smart - Photoactive Molecular Switches for Logic Gates. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2021; 9(4):96-103. doi: 10.12691/wjce-9-4-1

Abstract

This mini review presents a series of experiments in which light acts on two general phenomena: isomerization reactions and photoluminescence. The experiments described using the reversible photoactive molecular switch spiropyrane/merocyanine, is suited to teach fundamental concepts of photochemistry as well as to introduce innovative applications related to smart materials, molecular motors and logic gates.

Keywords:
molecular switch photochromism solvatochromism AIE (aggregation induced emission) molecular logic gates super resolution microscopy

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