Signal Communication between Molecular Switches


Efficient strategies for the communication of signals between molecules must be identified for the development of molecule-based nanoprocessors. We have demonstrated that photoinduced proton transfer can be exploited to implement intermolecular digital transmission. Light inputs operate a three-state molecular switch inducing the transfer of a proton to or from a two-state molecular switch. The signal transduction protocol of the two communicating molecular switches is equivalent to that of a sequential logic circuit incorporating three logic gates.

Organic Letters
Silvia Giordani
Silvia Giordani
Full Professor Chair of Nanomaterials

My research interests are in the design, synthesis, and characterization of hybrid smart nanomaterials for biomedical, energy and environmental applications