Porphyrin Cyclophanes for Mechanosensitive Single-Molecule Junctions

Zwick, Patrick. Porphyrin Cyclophanes for Mechanosensitive Single-Molecule Junctions. 2021, Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science.


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This thesis envisions the analysis of mechanosensitive porphyrin cyclophanes embedded into single-molecule junctions in close collaboration with physicists from the Dulić and van der Zant groups. Meticulously designed molecular structures are synthesized to potentially allow the elucidation of fundamental structure-property relations using the mechanically controlled break junction (MCBJ) technique.
In the first chapter of this thesis, the use of seven closely related porphyrin derivatives, combined with an unsupervised cluster algorithm to identify certain classes of conductance from the data collected by the MCBJ technique, which allowed the elucidation of three competitive transport paths as published as Edge Article in Chemical Science (2019) is presented.
In the second chapter of this thesis, our interests are geared towards the design and synthesis of porphyrin cyclophanes, which would allow observing mechanosensitivity when implemented into a two-terminal MCBJ set-up. The first generation of cyclophanes was designed and the unanticipated product was electrically characterized as published as Article in The Journal of Organic Chemistry (2020). In a second design, we achieved the successful synthesis of the target structure, which was presented as Article in The Journal of Organic Chemistry (2020) combined with preliminary transport studies. In the last chapter, the preliminary results of detailed experimental and theoretical distance manipulation studies of this cyclophane are shown.
The concept of single-molecule transport studies, a guide for the different platforms and techniques as well as transport mechanisms for direct electrical measurements and an overview about porphyrins as building blocks in such experiments is given in the introduction of this thesis, which was published as Review Article in Nanoscale (2021).
Advisors:Mayor, Marcel and Wenger, Oliver and Anderson, Harry L.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Molecular Devices and Materials (Mayor)
UniBasel Contributors:Mayor, Marcel and Wenger, Oliver
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:14334
Thesis status:Complete
Number of Pages:312
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  • urn: urn:nbn:ch:bel-bau-diss143343
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