GRC on Artificial Molecular Switches & Motors
June 11 - June 16
This GRC acknowledges that the formative steps to switch and motorize molecular matter are being taken now. For this reason, we provide a forum for a multidisciplinary group of researchers to present ideas, experimental realizations, and physical descriptions of artificial switches and motors. Organic chemists create novel molecules performing reversible switching. Theoretical scientists provide the understanding that underpins predictive designs. Soft and hard matter scientists and engineers integrate molecular switches into higher-order architectures, ultimately giving rise to larger devices. Bioengineers and physicists create kinesin-like walkers to test understanding of small motors. Biology is also manipulated when switches are harnessed to control when and where enzymes function. All these possibilities rely on the controlling the movement of matter on molecular length scales. For this reason, the open exchange of ideas and ample time for discussion places the GRC in an ideal position to provide a forum for presenting the frontiers of Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors.