• Diazene photoswitches in artificial molecular machines and light-effected materials
  • Taticchi, Chiara <1994>


  • CHIM/03 Chimica generale e inorganica


  • The research developed in this thesis focused on the spectroscopic and photochemical characterization of molecular diazene photoswitches, both as individual species and as functional components of mechanically interlocked molecules, molecular-based materials and artificial molecular machines and motors. Among the plethora of photochromes reported so far, azobenzene is the most versatile photoswitch due to its reproducible and well-established photochemical properties. Part I of this thesis work focuses on the characterization of light-responsive supramolecular systems based on azobenzene: a photochemically-driven rotary motor, a light-responsive supramolecular polymeric material and a supramolecular system capable of photoinduced entantiodiscrimination. Despite the wide success of azobenzene photoswitches, the tunability of their photochemical properties as a function of the diversified substitution pattern on its aryl ring presents intrinsic limitations. To overcome this issue, in the last decade heteroaryl azoswitches (i.e., azobenzene having heterocyclic rings in place of one or both phenyl groups) have attracted a great deal of attention. Hence, Part II of this thesis work treats the photochemical characterization of two different families of azoheteroarenes embedding imidazolium and thienyl functionalities in their structures. Their potential implementation in water-soluble artificial molecular machines and light-effected semiconductor materials is also assessed.


  • 2023-06-15
  • info:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2026-05-13


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Taticchi, Chiara (2023) Diazene photoswitches in artificial molecular machines and light-effected materials, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Chimica , 35 Ciclo.