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Artificial Molecular Switches & Motors
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The new GRC-sponsored conference on "Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors" will focus on molecules that are designed to change their shape in a controllable and reversible fashion (a.k.a. molecular switches), and can be employed as devices that create motion (molecular motors), ultimately paving the way towards the smallest possible entities capable of performing useful work (molecular machines). The nature of the field of Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors is truly interdisciplinary. Organic chemists design and study diverse families of molecules capable of performing reversible switching motions. Computational chemists contribute to understanding these processes and improve the molecular designs. Colloidal, polymer, and materials chemists as well as engineers provide the ability to integrate molecular switches into higher-order architectures, giving rise to nanoscale systems and ultimately macroscopic devices - which physicists help understand in a quantitative manner. Artificial molecular switches also make their way to biological systems, where they are used to study and alter various biological processes. We have composed a program that includes all of these groups of researchers in an effort to create an interdisciplinary forum for fostering interactions, encouraging collaborations, and facilitating further development of the field. At the same time, the proposed attendants will comprise a balanced mix of both established researchers as well as emerging investigators in the field. We strongly believe that GRC, with its great tradition of open exchange of ideas and presentation of most recent results, would be an ideal home to the forum for discussions at the frontiers of Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors.

Rafal Klajn, Chair
Christoph Schalley, Co-Chair
Amar Flood, Vice-Chair

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Artificial Molecular Switches & Motors" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Artificial Molecular Switches & Motors
Controlling Movement on the Molecular Scale
Jun 11-16 Holderness School Amar H. Flood
2015 Artificial Molecular Switches & Motors
Towards Molecules Performing Useful Work
Jun 7-12 Stonehill College Rafal Klajn
Christoph A. Schalley
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