Bio-inspired optically controlled ultrafast molecular AND gate

Mikael Andersson, Louise E. Sinks, Ryan T. Hayes, Yongyu Zhao, Michael R. Wasielewski

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A fast switch: A covalent molecular tetrad (see picture), consisting of two electron donor/acceptor pairs acts as a high-speed molecular AND gate when it is sequentially excited using laser pulses having two different wavelengths. This system of using two sequential photodriven electron transfers is analogous to photosystems I and II in green plants which act in series to separate charge for long periods of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3139-3143
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number27
StatePublished - Jul 14 2003


  • Donor-acceptor systems
  • Electron transfer
  • Molecular devices
  • Photochemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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