Molecular-mechanical switch-based solid-state electrochromic devices

David W. Steuerman*, Hsian Rong Tseng, Andrea J. Peters, Amar H. Flood, Jan O. Jeppesen, Kent A. Nielsen, J. Fraser Stoddart, James R. Heath

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You only need eyes to appreciate the color change that occurs in a polymer matrix when the bistable rotaxane shown is switched between its ground-state (green) and metastable-state (red) co-conformers. Not only is an electrochromic device within reach, but a universal switching mechanism seems to be on the cards. (Figure presented).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6486-6491
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number47
StatePublished - Dec 3 2004


  • Catenanes
  • Electrochromic devices
  • Metastable compounds
  • Polymers
  • Rotaxanes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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