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Molecular Logic Gates Using Surface-Enhanced Raman-Scattered Light

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posted on 18.05.2011, 00:00 by Edward H. Witlicki, Carsten Johnsen, Stinne W. Hansen, Daniel W. Silverstein, Vincent J. Bottomley, Jan O. Jeppesen, Eric W. Wong, Lasse Jensen, Amar H. Flood
A voltage-activated molecular-plasmonics device was created to demonstrate molecular logic based on resonant surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). SERS output was achieved by a combination of chromophore–plasmon coupling and surface adsorption at the interface between a solution and a gold nanodisc array. The chromophore was created by the self-assembly of a supramolecular complex with a redox-active guest molecule. The guest was reversibly oxidized at the gold surface to the +1 and +2 oxidation states, revealing spectra that were reproduced by calculations. State-specific SERS features enabled the demonstration of a multigate logic device with electronic input and optical output.