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Autonomous and Guided Motion of Active Components at Interfaces

Title: Autonomous and Guided Motion of Active Components at Interfaces.
Name(s): Dhar, Prajnaparamita, author
Fischer, Thomas, professor directing dissertation
Wiedenh¨over, Ingo, outside committee member
Steinbock, Oliver, committee member
Miller, Brian, committee member
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Nature presents active components in the form of proteins and molecular motors that are involved in locomotion and inter compartmental transport. Inspired by nature, this dissertation focuses on presenting experimental means to understand the motion of active components at interfaces. Active components are defined as components that either autonomously move or start to move in a viscous fluctuating environment. We investigate mechanisms by which energy may be converted into directed motion in case of synthetic nanomotors. Strategies for achieving guided motion along predetermined paths by overcoming fluctuations are explored. In addition we attempt to use dissipation in these systems to achieve guided motion at interfaces. Thus, this dissertation lays some of the foundations necessary for an understanding and smart design of synthetic motors.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0746 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: February 13, 2008.
Keywords: Autonomous Motion, Active Components, Bimetallic Nanorods, Ratchet Potential, Asymmetry
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Thomas Fischer, Professor Directing Dissertation; Ingo Wiedenh¨over, Outside Committee Member; Oliver Steinbock, Committee Member; Brian Miller, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Chemistry
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Host Institution: FSU

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