Molecular switches and cages

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  1. Editor: Prof. Dirk Trauner
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Molecular switches can toggle between two or more stable states encoding different physical features. They allow complex systems to respond to changes in their environment defined by light intensity, pH, temperature or voltage. As such, molecular switches play a key role in biology and information technology and have become important components of advanced materials. Chemists have developed a large number of synthetic switches, complementing the many types found in nature. Given their prominence in biology, it is not surprisingly that photoswitches, which are actuated by ultraviolet, visible or infrared light, have been an especially productive field of study.

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  • Editorial
  • Published 13 Jun 2012

Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 870–871, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.97

  • Letter
  • Published 13 Jun 2012

Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 872–876, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.98

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  • Published 13 Jun 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 877–883, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.99

Intramolecular bridges formed by photoswitchable click amino acids

  1. Christian Hoppmann,
  2. Ronald Kühne and
  3. Michael Beyermann
  • Letter
  • Published 13 Jun 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 884–889, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.100

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  • Published 18 Jun 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 890–896, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.101

  • Review
  • Published 19 Jun 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 897–904, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.102

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  • Published 20 Jun 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 905–914, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.103

On the bromination of the dihydroazulene/vinylheptafulvene photo-/thermoswitch

  1. Virginia Mazzanti,
  2. Martina Cacciarini,
  3. Søren L. Broman,
  4. Christian R. Parker,
  5. Magnus Schau-Magnussen,
  6. Andrew D. Bond and
  7. Mogens B. Nielsen
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  • Published 27 Jun 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 958–966, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.108

Synthesis and anion recognition properties of shape-persistent binaphthyl-containing chiral macrocyclic amides

  1. Marco Caricato,
  2. Nerea Jordana Leza,
  3. Claudia Gargiulli,
  4. Giuseppe Gattuso,
  5. Daniele Dondi and
  6. Dario Pasini
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  • Published 28 Jun 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 967–976, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.109

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  • Published 29 Jun 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 977–985, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.110

  • Review
  • Published 04 Jul 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 1003–1017, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.113

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  • Published 05 Jul 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 1018–1026, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.114

  • Review
  • Published 12 Jul 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 1071–1090, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.119

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  • Published 24 Oct 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 1825–1830, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.209

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  • Published 13 Nov 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 1920–1928, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.223

A bisazobenzene crosslinker that isomerizes with visible light

  1. Subhas Samanta,
  2. Harris I. Qureshi and
  3. G. Andrew Woolley
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  • Published 14 Dec 2012

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2012, 8, 2184–2190, doi:10.3762/bjoc.8.246

Amino-substituted diazocines as pincer-type photochromic switches

  1. Hanno Sell,
  2. Christian Näther and
  3. Rainer Herges
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  • Published 02 Jan 2013

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2013, 9, 1–7, doi:10.3762/bjoc.9.1

  • Commentary
  • Published 11 Jan 2013

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2013, 9, 64–73, doi:10.3762/bjoc.9.8

Synthesis and testing of the first azobenzene mannobioside as photoswitchable ligand for the bacterial lectin FimH

  1. Vijayanand Chandrasekaran,
  2. Katharina Kolbe,
  3. Femke Beiroth and
  4. Thisbe K. Lindhorst
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  • Published 01 Feb 2013

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2013, 9, 223–233, doi:10.3762/bjoc.9.26

Spin state switching in iron coordination compounds

  1. Philipp Gütlich,
  2. Ana B. Gaspar and
  3. Yann Garcia
  • Review
  • Published 15 Feb 2013

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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2013, 9, 342–391, doi:10.3762/bjoc.9.39

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