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Recent advances in photoresponsive supramolecular self-assemblies

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Construction of supramolecular self-assemblies whose self-assembling process and self-assembled architectures can be controlled by external stimuli is a fascinating and challenging topic for supramolecular chemists. The modification of photochromic molecules with noncovalent interaction sites or the incorporation of photochromic molecules into self-assembling modules makes light an ideal external input, providing high-performance photoresponsive multicomponent self-assemblies. Among such systems, in this tutorial review we deal with several photoresponsive supramolecular self-assemblies showing a unique mechanism and/or type of photoresponse. These examples illustrate that we would be able to produce further new photoresponsive molecular ensembles if one can elaborately hybridize photochromic molecules to specifically-designed supramolecular self-assemblies. We believe that the accumulation of insight into the construction principle, mechanism and concept of such smart supramolecular self-assemblies should realize practical smart functional materials.

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25 Mar 2008
First published
05 Jun 2008

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008,37, 1520-1529
Article type
Tutorial Review

Recent advances in photoresponsive supramolecular self-assemblies

S. Yagai and A. Kitamura, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008, 37, 1520
DOI: 10.1039/B703092B

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