Optical sensing and switching with designed molecules

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Title Optical sensing and switching with designed molecules
Author(s) A. P. de Silva, D. C. Magri
Journal Chimia
Date 2005
Volume 59
Issue 5
Start page 218
End page 221
Abstract Some of the recent research in optical sensor and switch molecules at Queen's University of Belfast is outlined. The ion-induced absorption spectral changes of molecules with ICT (Internal Charge Transfer) excited states are used to demonstrate superposed logic where multiple logic configurations are simultaneously observable. Similar spectral effects in multi-receptor structures give rise to XOR logic. The ion-induced luminescent spectral changes of molecules with ICT excited states can be combined with the phenomenon of Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) to exemplify tristable systems. Insights can also be gained into the luminescence effects initiated in designed molecules by transition metal ions in non-aqueous media. The ion-induced luminescent spectral changes of PET systems with one or two receptors display YES and AND logic respectively. The latter yield coincidence sensors for the direct detection of ion pairs. Overall, interesting optical sensors and switches can be produced from rather small molecules when the latter are fitted with ion-receptors.

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