Photoswitchable self-assembly

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Photoswitchable self-assembly

Jonathon E. Beves, Ray DiNardi, Samina Rasheed, Simona Capomolla
UNSW Sydney, Australia // Email:

Our research group has been developing molecular photoswitches for controlling self-assembly processes, including for control of anion binding,1 hydrogels,2 DNA assemblies3 and metal-template structures.4 Most recently we have been preparing visible light switchable molecular cages,5 and our latest results of switchable catalysis within molecular cages will be discussed.

Self-assembled heteroleptic cages that respond to visible light to catalyse non-photo reactions.


[1] T. S. C. MacDonald, B. L. Feringa, W. S. Price, S. J. Wezenberg, J. E. Beves, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 20014-20020. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c09072
[2] F. A. Larik, L. L. Fillbrook, S. S. Nurttila, A. D. Martin, R. P. Kuchel, K. Al Taief, M. Bhadbhade, J. E. Beves, P. Thordarson, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 6764-6770. DOI:  10.1002/anie.202015703
[3] L. Wimberger, F. J. Rizzuto, J. E. Beves, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 2088-2092. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c08810
[4] A. D. W. Kennedy, R. G. DiNardi, L. L. Fillbrook, W. A. Donald, J. E. Beves, Chem.- Eur. J. 2022, 28, e202104461. DOI: 10.33774/chemrxiv-2021-rfd1m
[5] R. G. DiNardi, A. O. Douglas, R. Tian, J. R. Price, M. Tajik, W. A. Donald, J. E. Beves, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202205701. DOI: 10.1002/anie.202205701



About Prof. Jon Beves

His research interests cover much of supramolecular and applied coordination chemistry, ranging from crystal engineering to molecular sensors, light-switchable molecular devices and machines.
Jon completed his BSc (Hons) (2002) and MSc (2004) at the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Prof Len Lindoy FAA, before moving to Basel, Switzerland, for his PhD under the joint supervision of Prof Ed Constable and Prof Catherine Housecroft. From 2009-2012 he was a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (UK) under the supervision of Prof David A. Leigh FRS. From March 2012 – February 2013 he was Research A/Prof at Nanjing University (China). In March 2013 he commenced his position at UNSW, and in June 2017 was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship (2017-2021) and in 2020 promoted to Associate Professor.

Discover more on his webpage!




Jun 03 2024




Research Building, Lecture Hall 2.049
Zum Großen Windkanal 2, 12489 Berlin
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