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Electrochemistry of Functional Supramolecular Systems. The Wiley Series on Electrocatalysis and Electrochemistry

  • ID: 2173799
  • Book
  • February 2010
  • 598 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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New breakthroughs in characterizing and operating supramolecular systems using electrochemical techniques

The marriage of electrochemistry and supramolecular chemistry has produced many new and interesting molecular–level devices and functions. Moreover, it has built a wealth of new scientific knowledge, offering the promise of practical applications in energy conversion, information and communication technologies, advanced materials, diagnostics, and medicine. This contributed work features 17 articles that highlight recent achievements in electrochemical research as applied to multi–component chemical systems, with particular emphasis on properties and functions. It highlights the accomplishments that can be achieved through the collaboration of electrochemists and supramolecular chemists.

Contributed by leading experts working at the interface of electrochemisty and supramolecular science, the book begins with basic investigations into systems in solution, followed by chapters dealing with less conventional multi–component architectures and environments. Finally, the book explores devices and systems of high complexity that offer the possibility of new, useful applications. Among the important electro–active functional systems presented are:

  • Rotaxanes and catenanes as molecular machines and as elements for information processing

  • Dendrimers as molecular batteries, sensors, light harvesting antennae, and drug delivery systems

  • Nanoparticles, nanotubes, and monolayers

  • Bio–hybrid devices

Most chapters begin with a discussion of the relevant basic concepts, making them accessible to non–specialists. References guide readers to the primary literature for further in–depth investigations of individual topics.

This book is recommended for all researchers and students interested in exploring electrochemistry at its frontiers with supramolecular chemistry, materials science, and biochemistry.

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Preface to the Wiley Series on Electrocatalysis and Electrochemistry.




1 Electrochemically Controlled H–bonding (Diane K. Smith).

2 Molecular Motions Driven by Transition Metal Redox Couples: Ion Translocation and Assembling–Disassembling of Dinuclear Double Strand Helicates (Valeria Amendola and Luigi Fabbrizzi).

3 Molecular Encapsulation of Redox–Active Guests (Angel E. Kaifer).

4 Dendritic Encapsulation of Redox–Active Units (Christopher B. Gorman).

5 Redox–Active Metal–Polypyridine Dendrimers as Light–Harvesting Antennae (Fausto Puntoriero, Scolastica Serroni, Francesco Nastasi, and Sebastiano Campagna).

6 Dendrimers as Multielectron Storage Devices (Paola Ceroni and Margherita Venturi).

7 Self–Assembled Monolayers and Multilayers of Electroactive Thiols (Ibrahim Yildiz, Fran isco M. Raymo and Massimiliano Lamberto).

8 Electrochemistry of Carbon Nanoparticles (Luis Echegoyen, Amit Palkar, and Frederic Melin).

9 Molecular Devices Based on Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes (Matteo Iurlo, Demis Paolucci, Massimo Marcaccio, and Francesco Paolucci).

10 Functional Electroactive Biomolecules (Xiaomin Bin, Piotr Michal Diakowski, Kagan Kerman, Heinz–Bernhard Kraatz).

11 Functional Nanoparticles as Catalysts and Sensors (Brian J. Jordan, Chandramouleeswaran Subramani, and Vincent M. Rotello).

12 Biohybrid Electrochemical Devices (Ran Tel–Vered, Bilha Willner, and Itamar Willner).

13 Electroactive Rotaxanes and Catenanes (Alberto Credi and Margherita Venturi).

14 Electrochemically Driven Molecular Machines Based on Transition–metal Complexed Catenanes and Rotaxanes (Jean–Paul Collin, Fabien Durola, and Jean–Pierre Sauvage).

15 Electroactive Molecules and Supramolecules for Information Processing and Storage (Guanxin Zhang, Deqing Zhang, and Daoben Zhu).

16 Electrochemiluminescent Systems as Devices and Sensors (Andrzej Kapturkiewicz).

17 Recent Developments in the Design of Dye–Sensitized Solar Cell Components (Stefano Caramori and Carlo Alberto Bignozzi).


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"There is a strong combination here of structural considerations, redox schemes, and experimental data that should allow researchers in allied areas to make new connections with unfamiliar electrochemical techniques and strategies that may prove useful in their own work." (JACS, 2010)

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