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Watching Single Molecules Move in Response to Light

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Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
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Cite this: ACS Nano 2014, 8, 12, 11913–11916
Publication Date (Web):December 4, 2014
https://doi.org/10.1021/nn506656r
Copyright © 2014 American Chemical Society

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    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.

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