Surface pressure - area isotherms, light scattering microscopy, and atomic force microscopy have all been used to provide information about the stabilities and dynamics of Langmuir monolayers composed of amphiphilic bistable rotaxane molecules. Superstructures that have the appearance of localized mobile solitons are formed during the compression of monolayers of the rotaxanes below their collapse pressures. Solitons move solely in a linear trajectory in both directions across the film, perpendicular to the compression direction, without any apparent broadening or change in their shape.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry