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Molecular switches as photocontrollable “smart” receptors

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This critical review focuses on the development of photochromic compounds as sensors for cations, anions, and biologically important molecules. The review commences with a brief description of photochromism and the strategies to exploit photochromic molecular switches' properties for sensing application. This is followed by a summary of photoswitchable receptors emerged to date and classified according to the photochromic structure they are based on. These include azobenzenes, fulgides, dithienylethenes, dihydroindolizines, chromenes and spiropyrans.

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The article was received on 16 Jan 2012 and first published on 19 Mar 2012

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35015G
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 4010-4029

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    Molecular switches as photocontrollable “smart” receptors

    M. Natali and S. Giordani, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 4010
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35015G

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