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Web Date: September 30, 2015

Porphyrins Run Rings Around Each Other

Supramolecular Chemistry: Concentric nanorings mimic photosynthetic complexes
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE, JACS In C&EN
Keywords: Russian doll, porphyrin, ring, chlorophyll, template, photosynthesis

A pair of nanorings, one sitting inside the other, fit together like perfectly nested Russian dolls. The structure is not only strikingly beautiful but could offer a useful model for studying energy transfer within natural photosynthetic complexes. It also demonstrates how large nanorings can be built from components that self-assemble onto a smaller, template ring (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b07956).

“Energy migration between rings is . . .

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