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Molecular Devices and Machines: A Journey into the Nanoworld

Molecular Devices and Machines: A Journey into the Nanoworld

Vincenzo Balzani, Margherita Venturi, Alberto Credi

ISBN: 978-3-527-60160-8

Feb 2004

320 pages

Select type: O-Book

Description

The miniaturization of bulky devices and machines is a process that confronts us on a daily basis. However, nanoscale machines with varied and novel characteristics may also result from the enlargement of extremely small building blocks, namely individual molecules. This bottom-up approach to nanotechnology is already being pursued in information technology, with many other branches about to follow.

- Written by a team of experienced authors headed by Vincenzo Balzani, one of the pioneers in the development of molecular machines
- Covers such diverse aspects as sensors, memory components, solar energy conversion, biomolecules as molecular machines, and much more
- Presented in a lucid style and didactically structured, with both the expert and the newcomer in mind
- Includes a glossary of terms and numerous references to the recent literature

Be among the first to explore the fascinating possibilities of this future-oriented technology! A must-have for every chemist and materials scientist with an interest in nanotechnology.
Preface.

Reference.

General Concepts.

PART I: DEVICES FOR PROCESSING ELECTRONS AND ELECTRONIC ENERGY.

Fundamental Principles of Electron and Energy Transfer.

Wires and Related Systems.

Switching Electron- and Energy-transfer Processes.

Light-harvesting Antennae.

Photoinduced Charge Separation and Solar Energy Conversion.

PART II: MEMORIES, LOGIC GATES, AND RELATED SYSTEMS.

Bistable Systems.

Multistate–Multifunctional Systems.

Logic Gates.

PART III: MOLECULAR-SCALE MACHINES.

Basic Principles of Molecular Machines.

Spontaneous Mechanical-like Motions.

Movements Related to Opening, Closing, and Translocation Functions.

Rotary Movements.

Threading-Dethreading Movements.

Linear Movements.

Motions in Catenanes.

Appendix.

Glossary.

List of Abbreviations.

Subject Index.

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