Biomimetic molecules as building blocks for synthetic muscles - A proposal

A. H. Flood*, J. Badjic, J. Y. Han, C. Pentecost, B. H. Northrop, S. J. Cantrill, K. N. Houk, J. F. Stoddart

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Abstract

The goal of this proposal is to cast biomolecular motors as the model for designing wholly artificial motor-molecules to serve as the building blocks for synthetic muscles. At the level of the single molecule, the artificial machines will be constructed from chemically powered motor-molecules with mechanically interlocked components. On the molecular ensemble level, the motor-molecules will be coherently self-organized on to surfaces in order to harness the cooperative operation of each motor-molecule in unison, consuming chemical energy to perform mechanical work up to the micro scale. These structures could be stacked in series to form artificial muscle tissue displaying large distance contraction and extension and to serve as a standard module for analogous applications on the meso scale. In the first phase of this work, the synthesis of the motor-molecules for attachment on surfaces is proposed, together with demonstrable nanoscale actuation as the target deliverable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2004 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2004
EditorsM. Laudon, B. Romanowicz
Pages114-117
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Nov 2 2004
Event2004 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2004 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Mar 7 2004Mar 11 2004

Publication series

Name2004 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2004
Volume1

Other

Other2004 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2004
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period3/7/043/11/04

Keywords

  • Interlocked molecules
  • Motor-molecules
  • NEMS
  • Self-organization
  • Switches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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