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Molecular actuators - designing actuating materials at the molecular level

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2 Author(s)
Hsiao-hua Yu ; Dept. of Chem., Massachusetts Inst. of Technol., Cambridge, MA, USA ; Swager, Timothy M.

Nature evolved an elegant actuating system, muscle, which can be controlled by a relatively small molecule, myosin. We briefly introduce herein an artificial approach based on applying molecular actuating building blocks to mimic the function of muscle. A particular focus of this review is the design of a molecular hinge. Designed molecular mechanisms have great potential to produce quick responses and large deformations.

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Oceanic Engineering, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 3 )