Watching single molecules move in response to light

Pintu K. Kundu, Rafal Klajn

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Abstract

Nature has long inspired scientists with its seemingly unlimited ability to harness solar energy and to utilize it to drive various physiological processes. With the help of man-made molecular photoswitches, we now have the potential to outperform natural systems in many ways, with the ultimate goal of fabricating multifunctional materials that operate at different light wavelengths. An important challenge in developing light-controlled artificial molecular machines lies in attaining a detailed understanding of the photoisomerization-coupled conformational changes that occur in macromolecules and molecular assemblies. In this issue of ACS Nano, Bléger, Rabe, and co-workers use force microscopy to provide interesting insights into the behavior of individual photoresponsive molecules and to identify contraction, extension, and crawling events accompanying light-induced isomerization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11913-11916
Number of pages4
JournalACS Nano
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 23 2014

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Photoisomerization
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Isomerization
Macromolecules
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isomerization
contraction
Microscopic examination
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Wavelength
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Watching single molecules move in response to light. / Kundu, Pintu K.; Klajn, Rafal.

In: ACS Nano, Vol. 8, No. 12, 23.12.2014, p. 11913-11916.

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Kundu, Pintu K. ; Klajn, Rafal. / Watching single molecules move in response to light. In: ACS Nano. 2014 ; Vol. 8, No. 12. pp. 11913-11916.
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