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Lecture S. Woutersen


20 January 2005 FWN-Building 5518.-152, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Dr. S. Woutersen
Affiliation: AMOLF
Title: Probing the structure and dynamics of a molecular device by two-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy
Date: Thu Jan 20, 2005
Start: 13.30
Location: FWN-Building 5518.-152
Host: J. Knoester
Telephone: +31 50 363 4369


Rotaxanes are mechanically interlocked molecules consisting of a ring kept around a linear thread by two "stoppers" at the ends. Rotaxane-based devices include light-driven molecular pistons and molecular motors. We use 2D-IR spectroscopy to study rotaxanes composed of a benzylic amide-based ring hydrogen-bonded onto a succinamide-based thread. By determining the coupling between the carbonyl groups in the ring and the thread from the 2D-IR spectrum, the solution conformation of the ring-thread system can be probed. Fluctuations in the length of the hydrogen bonds between ring and thread are observed by measuring time-delayed spectra.


This lecture is part of the MSC mini-symposium New developments in two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy. Please pre-register with Margriet Derix if you wish to attend one or more of its three lectures.

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