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J Am Chem Soc. 2011 Dec 28;133(51):20742-5. doi: 10.1021/ja2100388. Epub 2011 Dec 6.

An all-photonic molecule-based D flip-flop.

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Center for Research in Sustainable Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry, University of Huelva, Campus de El Carmen, s/n, E-21071 Huelva, Spain.


The photochromic fluorescence switching of a fulgimide derivative was used to implement the first molecule-based D (delay) flip-flop device, which works based on the principles of sequential logic. The device operates exclusively with photonic signals and can be conveniently switched in repeated cycles.

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