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Pure Appl. Chem., 2010, Vol. 82, No. 12, pp. 2281-2294

Published online 2010-09-28

Molecular recognition and switching via radical dimerization*

Jason M. Spruell

California NanoSystems Institute and Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

Abstract: This article highlights the emerging use of the interactions of radical π-dimers to drive both molecular recognition and switching processes within supramolecular systems and mechanically interlocked molecular architectures. The enhanced stability experienced by dimers of radical cation species when encapsulated, as compared to when they are free in solution, is driving their useful incorporation into functional systems. The redox stimulation used in the production of radical cation species provides the ideal trigger for molecular switching events. Moreover, the nature and strength of the radical dimerization events introduces a completely novel recognition motif within supramolecular and mechanically interlocked molecular systems, complementing well-established techniques and enabling new research opportunities to blossom.
*Pure Appl. Chem. 82, 2231–2314 (2010). A collection of invited, peer-reviewed articles by the winners of the 2010 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists.