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Interactions of dithiolated tetraazamacrocyclic copper(II) and nickel(II) complexes self-assembled on gold electrodes with π-electron deficient molecules in solution

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Abstract

Self-assembled monolayers of dithiolated neutral monotetraazamacrocyclic complexes of copper(II) and nickel(II) can provide molecularly defined platforms for the formation of a pseudorotaxane-like nanostructures on the gold electrode surface. We propose these complexes as π-donor building blocks for the construction of new molecular devices. We show that these perpendicularly oriented macrocyclic complexes anchored to the electrode surface act as π-electron rich species interacting with π-electron deficient compounds dissolved in solution, such as fluorine derivatives of tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) or a charged bismacrocyclic tetraaza complex of copper(II). The interactions of the surface immobilized macrocyclic complexes with F4TCNQ and with ring-shaped acceptor molecules are monitored and characterized by linear scan voltammetry. The interactions with the bismacrocyclic compound lead to a new pseudorotaxane array supported on the electrode surface and switched on and off by the application of appropriate potentials.

Graphical abstract: Interactions of dithiolated tetraazamacrocyclic copper(ii) and nickel(ii) complexes self-assembled on gold electrodes with π-electron deficient molecules in solution

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The article was received on 27 Jul 2009, accepted on 07 Oct 2009 and first published on 11 Nov 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B915225C
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2010,39, 730-735

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    Interactions of dithiolated tetraazamacrocyclic copper(II) and nickel(II) complexes self-assembled on gold electrodes with π-electron deficient molecules in solution

    U. E. Wawrzyniak, M. Woźny, I. Mames, B. Pałys, B. Korybut-Daszkiewicz and R. Bilewicz, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 730
    DOI: 10.1039/B915225C

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