Research Projects: Switchable Self-Assembled Surfaces (Platform Concept)

The functionalization of surfaces is important in a number of technologies, i.e. microelectronics, materials science and biomedical applications. Upon adsorption switchable molecules usually lie flat on surfaces, often losing their functionality. We developed a platform approach to mount freestanding molecular switches onto surfaces. The concept allows control of the distance between functional molecules as well as their distance and orientation to the surface. The platforms form highly ordered monolayers by self-assembly. The switching functionality of the individual molecules is retained in the array.

Key Publication:
Mounting Freestanding Molecular Functions onto Surfaces: The Platform Approach
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 442-444.

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