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Small molecular logic systems can draw the outlines of objects via edge visualization

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Abstract

The recently-discovered ability of small logical molecules to recognize edges is exploited to achieve outline drawing from binary templates. Outlines of arbitrary curvature, several colours and thicknesses down to 1 mm are drawn in around 30 min or less by employing a common laboratory two-colour ultraviolet lamp. The outlines and the light dose-driven XOR logic with fluorescence output or ‘off–on–off’ action which is observed in the irradiated regions are modelled by combining foundational principles of photochemistry, acid–base neutralization and diffusion.

Graphical abstract: Small molecular logic systems can draw the outlines of objects via edge visualization

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The article was received on 27 Apr 2015, accepted on 04 Jun 2015 and first published on 12 Jun 2015


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC01537E
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2015,6, 4472-4478
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    Small molecular logic systems can draw the outlines of objects via edge visualization

    J. Ling, G. Naren, J. Kelly, D. B. Fox and A. Prasanna de Silva, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 4472
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SC01537E

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