Tailoring surface-confined nanopores with photoresponsive groups

Kazukuni Tahara*, Koji Inukai, Jinne Adisoejoso, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Tatyana Balandina, Matthew O. Blunt, Steven De Feyter, Tobe Yoshito

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Opening light: Two-dimensional pores are formed by the self-assembly of azobenzene-functionalized triangular building blocks on graphite at the liquid-solid interface. These pores can selectively host a guest molecule. The pore size can be reversibly changed by irradiation at different wavelength which changes the number of guest molecules that are adsorbed (see scheme).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8373-8376
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number32
StatePublished - 5 Aug 2013


  • annulenes
  • photochemistry
  • porous materials
  • scanning tunneling microscopy
  • self-assembly

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