The ability to exploit energy autonomously is one of the hallmarks of Life. Mastering such processes in artificial nanosystems can open technological opportunities. In the last decades, light- and chemically-driven autonomous systems have been developed in relation to conformational motion and self-assembly, mostly in relation to molecular motors. On the contrary, despite electrical energy is an attractive energy source to power nanosystems, its autonomous harnessing received little attention. Herein we consider an operation mode allowing the autonomous exploitation of electrical energy by a self-assembling system. Threading and dethreading motions of a pseudorotaxane take place autonomously in solution, powered by the current flowing between the electrodes of a scanning electrochemical microscope. The underlying autonomous energy ratchet mechanism drives the self-assembly steps away from equilibrium with a higher energy efficiency compared to other autonomous systems. The strategy is general and might be extended to other redox-driven systems.

Autonomous Non-Equilibrium Self-Assembly and Molecular Movements Powered by Electrical Energy / Ragazzon, Giulio; Malferrari, Marco; Arduini, Arturo; Secchi, Andrea; Rapino, Stefania; Silvi, Serena; Credi, Alberto. - In: ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE. INTERNATIONAL EDITION. - ISSN 1433-7851. - (2022). [10.1002/anie.202214265]

Autonomous Non-Equilibrium Self-Assembly and Molecular Movements Powered by Electrical Energy

Arduini, Arturo
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Secchi, Andrea
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2022-01-01

Abstract

The ability to exploit energy autonomously is one of the hallmarks of Life. Mastering such processes in artificial nanosystems can open technological opportunities. In the last decades, light- and chemically-driven autonomous systems have been developed in relation to conformational motion and self-assembly, mostly in relation to molecular motors. On the contrary, despite electrical energy is an attractive energy source to power nanosystems, its autonomous harnessing received little attention. Herein we consider an operation mode allowing the autonomous exploitation of electrical energy by a self-assembling system. Threading and dethreading motions of a pseudorotaxane take place autonomously in solution, powered by the current flowing between the electrodes of a scanning electrochemical microscope. The underlying autonomous energy ratchet mechanism drives the self-assembly steps away from equilibrium with a higher energy efficiency compared to other autonomous systems. The strategy is general and might be extended to other redox-driven systems.
Autonomous Non-Equilibrium Self-Assembly and Molecular Movements Powered by Electrical Energy / Ragazzon, Giulio; Malferrari, Marco; Arduini, Arturo; Secchi, Andrea; Rapino, Stefania; Silvi, Serena; Credi, Alberto. - In: ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE. INTERNATIONAL EDITION. - ISSN 1433-7851. - (2022). [10.1002/anie.202214265]
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