Probing into Molecular Systems
2016 marked a milestone in the application of molecular interactions, with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to three chemists for their groundbreaking work on molecular machines a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair. The development of these machines was inspired by molecular self-assembly, which is fundamental to the synthesis of supramolecular and macromolecular systems that can produce new organic materials for biomedical and technological use.
In recent years, advanced scanning probes and surface-spectroscopy techniques have revealed the assembly and reaction mechanisms of these molecular systems. A 4-day IAS focused program chaired by Prof Nian Lin of Physics and held in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich and Soochow University had gathered the world’s foremost experts for interdisciplinary discussion and the formation of research partnerships in this active field.