Transition metal-based chiroptical switches for nanoscale electronics and sensors

James W. Canary, Shahab Mortezaei, Jian Liang

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Efficient metal-based chiroptical switches have been designed that are capable of achieving multiple stable and reversible states. Studies in this field have yielded a variety of complex molecular devices whose conformations are controllable by many triggering mechanisms including pressure, solvent, counter ion, redox state, and photoinduction. Many of the systems are monitored with precision using circular dichroism spectroscopy. This review aims to provide a brief background of the development of these systems and a comprehensive overview of recently developed metal-based chiroptical switches. Potential applications in electronics and sensor technologies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2249-2266
Number of pages18
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number19-20
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Chirality
  • Chiroptics
  • Molecular switch
  • Redox
  • Transition metal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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