Light-driven open-close motion of chiral molecular scissors

Takahiro Muraoka, Kazushi Kinbara, Yuka Kobayashi, Takuzo Aida

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The first example of "light-driven chiral molecular scissors" (1), which consists of 1,1-,3,3-tetraarylferrocene as a pivot part and azobenzene as a driving part, was synthesized. Absorption, circular dichroism (CD), and 1H NMR spectral studies on the photoinduced isomerization process of an enantiomer of 1 agreed well with a prediction by a DFT calculation, where a motion of the handles via light-driven contraction/expansion of the connecting azobenzene strap was transformed, through a pivotal motion of the ferrocene unit, into an open-close motion of the blade parts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5612-5613
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2003 May 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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