The general tool of fluorescent PET (photoinduced electron transfer) sensors/switches - a molecular design principle with engineering features - is outlined, with the aid of frontier orbital energy diagrams. Fluorophores such as anthracene, 1,3-diaryl-Δ -pyrazolines and 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimides are employed within this system, alongside receptors such as amines, carboxylates, crown ethers and amino acids. This tool appealed to a multinational corporation for building a medical analyzer for electrolytes such as Na , K , Ca and gases like CO , which became a commercially successful application. Finally, the tool was a springboard for chemistry to cross into computer science. The field of molecular logic can elucidate how molecules inside us handle information. Molecular examples of the simplest logic gates such as YES, NOT, OR, AND are described. A case of a human-level computation - visual edge detection - is also included.
- fluorescent PET sensors
- fluorescent PET switches
- molecular logic
- photoinduced electron transfer (PET)
- supramolecular chemistry