Issue 36, 2019

Engineering multilayer chemical networks


Dynamic multilevel systems emerged in the last few years as new platforms to study thermodynamic systems. In this work, unprecedented fully communicated three-level systems are studied. First, different conditions were screened to selectively activate thiol/dithioacetal, thiol/thioester, and thiol/disulfide exchanges, individually or in pairs. Some of those conditions were applied, sequentially, to build multilayer dynamic systems wherein information, in the form of relative amounts of building blocks, can be directionally transmitted between different exchange pools. As far as we know, this is the first report of one synthetic dynamic chemical system where relationships between layers can be changed through network operations.

Graphical abstract: Engineering multilayer chemical networks

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Article type
Edge Article
03 May 2019
28 Jul 2019
First published
29 Jul 2019
This article is Open Access

All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Creative Commons BY-NC license

Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 8338-8347

Engineering multilayer chemical networks

M. Martinez-Amezaga, A. G. Orrillo and R. L. E. Furlan, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 8338 DOI: 10.1039/C9SC02166C

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