The Master and the Slave. A glance at the social life of molecules

  • Henri Bouas-Laurent Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Université de Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, Bât A12, 33405 Talence Cedex
  • Jean-Pierre Desvergne Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Université de Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, Bât A12, 33405 Talence Cedex

Abstract

Low energy interactions induce the formation of molecular assemblies that can display a large variety of sizes and shapes such as dimers, oligomers, colloids, gels, helices, cylinders, etc. These grouping modes mimic human relationships, as people generally flock together according to their affinities. Moreover, chemical reactions, undergone under strong energy interactions, that result in bond breaking and formation of new compounds, can also be compared to human behaviour. The fables usually involve animals but rarely molecules to play the role of human beings. In this article, we report a molecular tale where two different 9-substituted anthracene derivatives compete in a photochemical reaction, simulating the behaviour of a master and a slave, respectively

Author Biography

Henri Bouas-Laurent, Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, Université de Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, Bât A12, 33405 Talence Cedex

Henri Bouas-Laurent is honorary professor in chemistry at the University of Bordeaux. His research interests focus on the photochemistry and photophysics of polynuclear aromatic compounds with emphasis on bichromophoric interactions, photoactive supramolecular systems, fluorosensors and photochromic compounds. He was co-editor of the book "Photochromism; molecules and systems", with professor Heinz Dürr (1990-2003). Jean-Pierre Desvergne is honorary CNRS director of research at the University of Bordeaux. His domains of expertise span solid state molecular chemistry and photochemistry, the photochemistry and photophysics of aromatic hydrocarbons, polymer photochemistry, molecular and cation recognition as well as spectroscopic properties of low molecular mass gelators of organic liquids.

Published
2017-10-06
How to Cite
BOUAS-LAURENT, Henri; DESVERGNE, Jean-Pierre. The Master and the Slave. A glance at the social life of molecules. Substantia, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, oct. 2017. ISSN 2532-3997. Available at: <http://riviste.fupress.net/index.php/subs/article/view/29>. Date accessed: 20 apr. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-29.
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