Special Issue "Molecular Switches"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organic Synthesis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Nick Bampos
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW, UK
Website: http://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/person/nb10013
E-Mail: nb10013@cam.ac.uk
Interests: conventional organic, biological and inorganic chemistry; nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past twenty years, distinctions have become increasingly blurred across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry. This has in some part been due to developments in instrumentation and characterization, which have facilitated the exploration of chemical systems at the molecular level. However developments in physics, biology and engineering have also led to innovation in chemical design and applications across all chemical (and related) disciplines. Research into ‘molecular switches’ is one such exciting area. Reversible access to one of a number of states requires a switch that can be operated by a number of external stimuli. In electronics, switches are responsible for the processing and storage of information, but, increasingly, switches are required to get so much smaller that we are now in the domain of ‘molecular switches’ which can be exploited in molecular recognition and electronics, biological applications, medical therapeutics, materials and supramolecular chemistry, to name only a few topical areas. These switches can vary in complexity from intricate multi-step syntheses designed to respond to very specific conditions, or simple molecules that betray bulk changes in pH, light, current, metal chelation, concentration or temperature. The special issue invites submissions in any area relating to molecular switches which defines the state-of-the-art in their synthesis, characterization and applications. Review articles outlining recent developments in the field are also welcome.

Dr. Nick Bampos
Guest Editor


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  • molecular switches
  • chemical switches
  • biological switches
  • molecular electronics
  • supramolecular chemistry

Published Papers (3 papers)

by ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(7), 10574-10586; doi:10.3390/molecules190710574
Received: 6 May 2014; in revised form: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 7 July 2014 / Published: 21 July 2014
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by , , , , ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(4), 5278-5300; doi:10.3390/molecules19045278
Received: 10 March 2014; in revised form: 14 April 2014 / Accepted: 17 April 2014 / Published: 23 April 2014
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by ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(4), 5109-5118; doi:10.3390/molecules19045109
Received: 3 March 2014; in revised form: 15 April 2014 / Accepted: 17 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
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Last update: 18 July 2014

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