Supramolecular assemblies for electronic materials

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  • Melissa L. Ball
  • Qizhi Xu
  • Boyuan Zhang
  • Brandon Fowler
  • Ayden Schattman
  • Virginia Cary Ritter
  • Michael L. Steigerwald
  • Colin Nuckolls

Colleges, School and Institutes


This work presents a synergy between organic electronics and supramolecular chemistry, in which a host–guest complex is designed to function as an efficacious electronic material. Specifically, the noncovalent recognition of a fullerene, phenyl-C 61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC 61BM), by an alternating perylene diimide (P)-bithiophene (B) conjugated macrocycle (PBPB) results in a greater than five-fold enhancement in electron mobility, relative to the macrocycle alone. Characterization and quantification of the binding of fullerenes by host PBPB is provided alongside evidence for intermolecular electronic communication within the host–guest complexes.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3744-3748
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry: A European Journal
Issue number17
Early online date7 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2020


  • fullerenes, macrocycles, molecular electronics, organic semiconductors, supramolecular chemistry

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