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Journal of Nanophotonics • Open Access

Light-driven artificial molecular machines
Author(s): Yue Bing Zheng; Qingzhen Hao; Ying-Wei Yang; Brian Kiraly; I-Kao Chiang; Tony Jun Huang

Paper Abstract

Artificial molecular machines represent a growing field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Stimulated by chemical reagents, electricity, or light, artificial molecular machines exhibit precisely controlled motion at the molecular level; with this ability molecular machines have the potential to make significant impacts in numerous engineering applications. Compared with molecular machines powered by chemical or electrical energy, light-driven molecular machines have several advantages: light can be switched much faster, work without producing chemical waste, and be used for dual purposes-inducing (writing) as well as detecting (reading) molecular motions. The following issues are significant for light-driven artificial molecular machines in the following aspects: their chemical structures, motion mechanisms, assembly and characterization on solid-state surfaces. Applications in different fields of nanotechnology such as molecular electronics, nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS), nanophotonics, and nanomedicine are envisaged.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2010
PDF: 35 pages
J. Nanophoton. 4(1) 042501 doi: 10.1117/1.3489361
Published in: Journal of Nanophotonics Volume 4, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Yue Bing Zheng, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Qingzhen Hao, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ying-Wei Yang, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Brian Kiraly, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
I-Kao Chiang, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Tony Jun Huang, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

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