Conductance Control in Stabilized Carotenoid Wires

Department of Chemistry, Myong Ji University, San 38-2, Nam-Dong, Yongin, Kyunggi-Do, 449-728 Korea.
Chemistry - A European Journal (Impact Factor: 5.73). 07/2010; 16(25):7395-9. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201000700
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Tunable carots: Construction of the stable carotenoid wires with a specific conductance value is possible by the attachment of phenyl groups to the polyene chain to overcome the in vitro instability of natural carotenoids, the perfect molecular wires utilized in various biological processes. Diverse electronic natures of the substituents on the phenyl groups provide the carotenoids with tunable conductance (see figure).

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