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Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 8, pp. 1873-1882

Artificial tongues and leaves

Natalie Banerji, Rajesh Bhosale, Guillaume Bollot, Sara M. Butterfield, Alexandre Fürstenberg, Virginie Gorteau, Shinya Hagihara, Andreas Hennig, Santanu Maity, Jiri Mareda, Stefan Matile, Federico Mora, Alejandro Perez-Velasco, Velayutham Ravikumar, Ravuri S. K. Kishore, Naomi Sakai, Duy-Hien Tran and Eric Vauthey

Departments of Organic and Physical Chemistry, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Abstract: The objective with synthetic multifunctional nanoarchitecture is to create large suprastructures with interesting functions. For this purpose, lipid bilayer membranes or conducting surfaces have been used as platforms and rigid-rod molecules as shape-persistent scaffolds. Examples for functions obtained by this approach include pores that can act as multicomponent sensors in complex matrices or rigid-rod π-stack architecture for artificial photosynthesis and photovoltaics.