Reversible photoswitching for molecular electronics

Scientists based in The Netherlands report a series of novel reversible photoswitches based on diarylethene embedded in a matrix of dodecanethiol on Au(111). The authors used scanning tunneling microscopy to study the effect as the “on” state appears higher than the “off” state by several Ã…ngstroms.

Such switches are being used in the important field of molecular electronics.

Read the full details of this exciting work today:

Reversible light induced conductance switching of asymmetric diarylethenes on gold: surface and electronic studies
Arramel, Thomas C. Pijper, Tibor Kudernac, Nathalie Katsonis, Minko van der Maas, Ben L. Feringa and Bart J. van Wees
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR00832K

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