Computational design of a molecular triple photoswitch for wavelength-selective control†
A small single molecule with multiple photoswitchable subunits, selectively and independently controllable by light of different wavelengths, is highly attractive for applications in multi-responsive materials and biological sciences. Herein, triple photoswitches are presented consisting of three independent azobenzene (AB) subunits that share a common central phenyl ring: the meta-trisazobenzenes (MTA). It is the unique meta-connectivity pattern leading to decoupling of all azo-subunits although they do overlap spatially. Based on this pattern, we design a triple MTA photoswitch, as proof-of-principle, with three different, electronically independent AB branches on the computer, which can be individually photo-excited to trigger ultra-fast E → Z isomerization at the selected AB branch.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2018 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection