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Chemistry Colloquium - Miguel Garcia-Garibay

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Room 209 Havemeyer

"From Molecular Design and Organic Synthesis to Amphidynamic Crystals and Artificial Molecular Machines"

Presented by Miguel Garcia-Garibay, UCLA

The design of crystalline molecular machines has been stimulated by the possibility of creating new materials with physicochemical and mechanical properties that are responsive to external stimuli.  Condensed phase matter with anisotropic molecular order and controlled dynamics, also referred to as amphidynamic crystals, offer a promising platform for the design of complex functions.  Recent studies have shown that it is possible to engineer molecular crystals and extended solids with Brownian rotation that can be interfaced with external fields, and which may be used to desing novel optical materials.  The design and synthesis of molecular machines with correlated motion, and with of multiple "parts" will be essential to further realize increasingly complex functions.  Recent progress in the design of amphidynamic materials, suggests that sophisticated functions similar to those of simple biomolecular machines may eventually be within reach.

Hosted by Nicholas Turro

Thursday, November 29, 2012

1:30: Meet the Speaker in 328 Havemeyer
4:00: Tea & Cookies in 328 Havemeyer
4:30: Lecture in 209 Havemeyer

Categories: Academic: Lecture