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Photoswitching of Conductance of Diarylethene–Gold Nanoparticle Network Based on the Alteration of π‑Conjugation

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posted on 18.05.2016, 00:00 by Taichi Toyama, Kenji Higashiguchi, Tsukuru Nakamura, Hidehiro Yamaguchi, Eriko Kusaka, Kenji Matsuda
Diarylethenes, which have same core structures but have different positions of thiol groups that are bound to gold nanoparticles, were prepared. In one diarylethene, which has two thiol groups at the positions equivalent to 5,5′-positions of di­(3-thienyl)­ethene, the π-connectivity between two thiol groups increases upon photocyclization, but in the other diarylethene, which has two thiol groups at 2- and 5-positions of one of the 3-thenyl group, the π-connectivity decreases upon photocyclization. The gold nanoparticle networks of these diarylethenes were prepared and the change in conductance was measured upon alternate irradiation with UV and visible light. For two diarylethenes, the direction of the photoswitching was opposite, reflecting the difference in the π-connectivity. The result suggests that the topology of π-conjugation between electrodes is the decisive factor in the conductance of gold nanoparticle network.