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Designing mixed-metal supramolecular complexes
Author(s): Karen Jenks Brewer; Shawn Swavey; Rodd Lee Williams; Zhenglai Fang; Elizabeth R. Bullock
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Paper Abstract

Mixed-metal supramolecular complexes are of interest in that they link multiple structural components into a large supramolecular array. Each subunit is designed to perform a simple act and those acts combine together to give rise to more complicated device functions. By variation of the nature or type of components used and their structural position within the supramolecular assembly, the type of functioning of the molecular device can be controlled. Our molecular design uses transition metal polyazine light absorbers (LA) and couples them through bridging ligands (BL) to other metal centers of interest. These additional metals can function as bioactive sites (BAS), electron acceptors (EA) and electron collectors (EC). An overview of our work in this area will be described with a focus on how component modulation allows these systems to be applicable to a large array of problems of interest including multifunctional DNA binding agents and photochemical molecular devices for light energy conversion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4512, Complex Adaptive Structures, (23 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.446777
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Karen Jenks Brewer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Shawn Swavey, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Rodd Lee Williams, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Zhenglai Fang, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Elizabeth R. Bullock, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4512:
Complex Adaptive Structures

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